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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Test Preparation at UPMC in Central Pa.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide clear, detailed pictures of your internal organs and tissues. As part of our commitment to providing high-quality imaging care, our caring staff will make your procedure as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Our MRI machines are equipped with Pianissimo™ noise-reduction technology—which reduces exam noise by up to 90 percent.

Before Your MRI

There is no special preparation required for your MRI. Unless otherwise directed by your physician, you may continue to take medication and eat as you normally would.

  • Your physician may require you to have blood drawn several days before your MRI to ensure that you are healthy enough to have the procedure.

You will not be allowed to wear anything metallic during your MRI. You will be required to change for the exam. We will have you remove the following items prior to the entering the MRI room:

  • Makeup, as some cosmetics can contain small amounts of metal
  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Belts
  • Medication patches

Before your MRI starts, you will be required to complete a screening form that asks questions about your health and surgical history. Your MRI technologist will interview you to ensure that you understand the questions on the screening form. You will also have an opportunity to ask our imaging staff any questions that you may have about the procedure.

If you suffer from claustrophobia, or have a fear of enclosed spaces, it is very important that you let your physician know before you arrive for your MRI. Most of our imaging locations offer a new large bore/short length scanner to assist with comfort and claustrophobia. You may also choose our open MRI which is less confining and allows you to maintain visual contact with our imaging staff. If mild sedation is needed, contact your referring physician prior to your appointment.

The MRI machine makes a knocking noise as it takes your images. The MRI technologist will provide you with earplugs or headphones to help reduce the noise.

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