Open MRI Prep

How to Prepare
Preparations will vary depending on the kind of exam you are having performed:

For any MRI please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your appointment for patient registration.

An MRI uses strong magnets, so you will be asked to remove your watch, and any other jewelry or metal objects. You may also be asked to remove any makeup you are wearing, as some brands contain trace amounts of metal. Braces and fillings are not normally a problem.

  1. MRI of the gallbladder and bile ducts (MRCP)
    • Nothing to eat or drink at least eight hours prior to the exam.
  2. MRI Arthrogram
    • Nothing to eat or drink for at least four hours prior to the exam.
    • Patient needs to bring a driver.
  3. Any MRI requiring sedation
    • Nothing to eat or drink for at least six (6) hours prior to the exam.
    • Patient needs to bring a driver.
  4. MRI of the arterial blood vessels (MRA)
    • Nothing to eat or drink for at least four hours prior to the exam.
  5. Other MRI exams
    • Other MRI exams do not require preparation.