General Magnetic Resonance Imaging Preparation

You will be asked whether you have any metal in your body before your MR exam. Having metal in your body does not automatically disqualify you from having an MR exam. All patients are evaluated individually. In some cases, people with pacemakers, defibrillators or other electronic devices can not have an MR scan.

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

You can print and fill out the MRI Questionnaire and the MRI and Pregnancy forms, if applicable, before arriving to speed the registration process. 

An MRI scan at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. The MRI gantry is the gray circular machine to the right. The patient has on an audio head set to listen to music, as well as a pillow and a pillow under his knees for lumbar support and comfort. The MRI technologist is always able to see and hear the patient, and the patient has a communication ball in his hand, which, if he squeezes it, the technologist will immediately end the session.

Most MR procedures do not require advance preparation, but some do, including:

MRI abdomen and/or pelvis (approximate visit time: 90 minutes)

  • Do not eat or drink for 4 hours before your exam.

MR Enterography (approximate visit time: 90 minutes)

  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before exam.

MRI of prostate (approximate visit time: 90 minutes)

  • Use Fleet Enema #1 two hours before your exam.

MRI Spectroscopy of Prostate (approximate visit time: 90 minutes)

  • Use Fleet Enema #1 two hours before your exam.

MRI cholangiogram (approximate visit time: 90 minutes)

  • Do not eat or drink for 8 hours before your exam.

Cardiac MR Stress Test (with Adenosine)

  • Consult your physician about going off beta blockers for 48 hours and calcium channel blockers for 24 hours before the test.
  • Consult your physician before discontinuing ANY medication (especially if you are diabetic).
  • Do not eat or drink three hours before your exam
  • Do not eat or drink caffeine products (such as: chocolate, sodas, teas, coffee or Anacin®/Excedrin®). Note: decaffeinated products still contain small amounts of caffeine and should be avoided.)
  • Please wear a comfortable two-piece outfit and walking shoes.
  • Please bring all of your medications with you.

MRI scan room at S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center

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.  

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