Anesthesia with MRI

Within 30 days of your exam:

A chest x-ray may be required within 30 days before exam.

EKG done within 30 days before exam.

H & P (history and physical) done within 30 days before exam.

CBC done within 14 days of date of exam. MRI.

Patient must also bring their list of medications.

Eating and drinking instructions:

For Adults:

Please do not eat solid food for eight hours before your exam.

Please do not eat or drink anything for six hours before your MRI.

For Pediatric Patients

Please do not give patient solid food for eight hours before MRI.

Please do not give formula, cow or soy milk for six hours before MRI.

Please do not give patient breast milk for four hours before MRI.

Please do not give patient clear liquids or water for up to two hours before the exam (Pedialyte, clear broth, apple juice, water and D5W are considered clear liquids).

Before Arriving for Your Exam

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

Print and fill out the MRI Questionnaire and the MRI and Pregnancy form, if applicable, on our Pre-Registration Questionnaire page to speed up the registration process.

Dress in comfortable clothing that does not have metal zippers, buttons or snaps.

Please do not wear barrettes, hairpins, jewelry, or a watch. These items can affect the way the magnet works.

Please leave all valuables at home.

Be sure to bring your list of medications and above mentioned test results.

Upon Arrival

Please make your travel plans carefully to ensure that you arrive on time. If you are late, the MRI may have to be rescheduled or delayed. Every effort will be made to keep MRI exams on time.

Please arrive no later than one hour before the exam time.

You must tell the technologist, radiology nurse, and/or imaging physician of any allergies you may have, and if you are pregnant or are nursing.

Before the Exam Begins

After you fill out a screening form, a nurse will explain the exam, answer your questions and have you change into a hospital gown.

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which will determine if an MRI is safe for you. People with various implants (e.g., pacemaker, electronic, metallic) or with metal in their bodies may have difficulty with an MRI-which utilizes a strong magnetic field. The imaging physician needs to be informed of any of these potential problems.

During the exam

You will lie on the scanning table.

Coils (special devices to improve image quality) may be placed around the body part being scanned.

The scanning table will slide into the magnet.

In some cases, the imaging physician requests a contrast agent (dye) to improve the quality of the images. The dye is injected into a vein in the arm, and may cause a cool sensation.

The technologist is always able to see and hear you during the exam.

After your Exam

Your films will be examined by an imaging physician and a report sent to your doctor. Your doctor will review the results with you.

To request copies of your pictures on a CD-Rom, call 310-423-8000. To request a copy of your report, call 310-423-8000.

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Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for an MRI?

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.