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MRI Diagnostic Test 101

Preparation For An MRI Test

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There is nothing specifically for you to do to prepare for an MRI Test unless your test will involve contrast.

If the test will involve contrast, you will be asked if you had blood work within the past ninety (90) days. If not, the lab will require a recent blood test to be sure your kidneys are functioning well enough to rid your system of the contrast substance. Most labs can do the test on the spot if necessary. (They will call your doctor to ask for a prescription over the telephone).

If The MRI Involves Contrast

Contrast is when a dye is inserted into your system through a needle in your vein or by drinking. The dye highlights an area for the MRI scan.

Drink plenty of water and be hydrated before the test. It will help pass the contrast dye out of your system faster. If the dye will be inserted via a vein, it makes your veins more prominent which makes it easier for the technician to insert the needle.

Before entering the MRI machine, you will be asked to remove all metal from on and around your body (keys, cell phones, belts, watches, jewelry etc).  You will be asked if you have any tatoos. While all labs provide locker type areas to store your metal and valuables, it is safer to leave them home.

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