MRI Center Navicent Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an MRI safe?
The MRI imaging technique does not involve exposure to radiation. However, women should always inform their technologist if there is a chance they could be pregnant. Medical and electronic devices may interfere with MRI exams and pose a potential risk. Patients with any kind of metallic implant should not have an MRI unless their physician is aware of the device and has approved the procedure. Patients with pacemakers should not undergo an MRI.

What if I am claustrophobic and don't like to be in enclosed spaces?
The MRI team will work with patients who suffer from claustrophobia. Patients can come before their appointment and tour the facility to become better acquainted with the scanning process.

Satellite radio is provided in the MRI suite to help patients relax during their scan. A friend or family member (who has been screened for internal or external metal) may also accompany the patient into the exam room during the test.

Some patients request a mild sedative prescription from their physician prior to their appointment and arrange for a responsible adult to drive them home.

Can pediatric patients receive an MRI?
Yes, children can receive an MRI. The Radiology Department has specialty radiologists and a conscious sedation program to meet the unique needs of pediatric patients.
Parents can accompany their children into the scan room and remain with the child during the MRI exam. A Child Life Specialist is available upon request.

Should I take my medications the day of my MRI?
Yes, it is important for patients to continue taking all medications prescribed by their physician before their MRI exam. Patients should let their technologist know what medications they have taken prior to their MRI scan.

Can I eat and drink before my MRI?
Patients will receive individual instructions about eating and/or drinking from a member of the MRI Department prior to their scan.

Will I receive an intravenous drip during my MRI?
Depending on the type of exam, patients may receive a contrast agent intravenously (IV) through a vein in the arm or hand. Contrast mediums or contrast agents are safe injections used to highlight organs and blood vessels to help produce a better image for the radiologist.

If your physician or radiologist has determined that an IV will enhance your MRI scan results, you will receive an IV in your arm or hand prior to the test so the technologist can administer the contrast agent at the time of your scan.

How long will my MRI scan take?
MRI scans are individualized and tailored to each patient's needs. Total scan times range from 20 to 60 minutes.
Patients who require a contrast agent will be given the IV injection after their preliminary scans. Pictures are needed before and after the IV injection when a contrast agent is used.

After the technologist completes the MRI scan, they will review all of the images to make sure they have complete information for the ordering physician.