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Preparing for Your MRI: A Guide

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to get an in-depth look at a person’s musculoskeletal system and organs in order to diagnose and identify various medical conditions and problems. It’s a necessary but noninvasive imaging technique that many patients undergo.

If you’re about to go in for one at our specialty hospital in Webster, TX, here are some tips and advice on how to prepare for it.

Share your concerns and detailed medical history with your physician

Many patients are scared about being honest with their physicians and health care providers, concealing important information about their mental and physical health. It’s important to be transparent and honest with your doctors, including discussing fears about claustrophobia. The MRI can last up to an hour, depending on your condition or what is being examined, so you should be open about it so they can help you find ways to cope with it.

Additionally, different medical conditions and their subsequent treatments and interventions can also impact the imaging process, reacting with the magnetic rays. These include a history of kidney problems, pacemakers, diabetes and insulin pumps, other drug infusion implants, shrapnel or bullet wounds, cochlear implants, rods and staples for fractures and injuries, etc.

Your physician will ask you about these factors, and you should be honest with them or they may impact the results.

A patient gets an MRI in the machine.

Don’t wear any jewelry or accessories during your appointment

You should leave your wedding ring, watch, piercings, and other jewelry and accessories home on the day of your MRI. You can take them off at the hospital too, but it’s safer to leave them behind at home, where they’ll be more secure and you’re not at risk of losing or forgetting them. If you have jewelry that cannot be removed at home, inform your technician and doctor so they can devise a solution.

Eat, hydrate, and take your medications as you normally would

Unlike certain blood tests and types of imaging, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to change your diet or routine on the day of your appointment. Eat a healthy breakfast, hydrate appropriately, and take your medications on time.

You can learn more or schedule an MRI or other imaging services in the Care Suite at our Specialty Hospital near NASA TX by visiting our Imaging center Houston page. If you need a doctor, you can find a specialty physician who’s right for you on our website. There, you can reach out to their office directly to schedule your appointment with their office.