Preparing for your MRI Examination

General Guidelines:
A MRI exam usually takes approximately 45 minutes. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to verify your registration information and complete patient registration forms. Please make sure you have your insurance cards with you. Patients will need to remove all metal in preparation for their exam. Bring prior scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so. Notify your physician and Community MRI-CT staff if there is any chance that you
may be pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. Please do not bring unaccompanied small children for your MRI, as they may not enter the exam room with you.  Community MRI-CT staff will send the results of your exam directly to your physician within 24 hours. Your physician will discuss the results with you at your next scheduled appointment or by telephone.

Contrast Injections
Community MRI-CT staff will notify you if you are having a procedure that requires a contrast injection.

Contrast media is used to increase visualization of structures within the body, particularly structures that are vascular or vascular in nature such as tumors.

MRI contrast is a gadolinium-based liquid that can readily be seen using MRI technology. It is injected into the blood stream through an IV. It remains in the blood stream at a high concentration for about one hour and is completely eliminated by a typical patient in a few hours.

For patients that are over the age of 60 and any patients with known liver or kidney disorders, or patients with certain cancers such as myeloma, Community MRI-CT requires patients to have laboratory tests done prior to their MRI to ensure safety. The tests are very quick and easy and can usually be done the same day as the exam. However, since we do not perform these required labs at Community MRI, scheduling timelines may be different. When you schedule your appointment at Community MRI-CT, the staff will let you know if you need laboratory tests before your exam.

Please notify the staff at Community MRI-CT if you are diabetic and take metformin.

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