With most medical procedures, you have a long list of preparations to complete before you are able to undergo your procedure. We receive many questions from patients that are concerned, “How should I prepare for my MRI?” So, we decided to create a simple list to detail some preparations that you should take before coming in for an MRI scan. Many people are surprised that it isn’t nearly as tedious as they had previously thought.
Phase 1: Day-of-Procedure Preparation
This is the simplest of all steps. Do your normal daily routines. There are no special day-of preparations that need to be attended to. Many people are surprised by this, but you are free to continue about your day as normal.
Phase 2: Pre-Procedure Preparation
Step 1: Show up at your scheduled appointment time.
Step 2: Make sure remove any metal from your body, such as jewelry.
Step 3: Put on the hospital gown that you are given by the staff.
Step 4: Relax and enjoy your scan. Focus on your breathing, ask for music, ask for company, ask for anything that you need to feel comfortable. Our staff will be sure to try to accommodate you and make sure you’re comfortable during your scan!
Phase 3: Post-Procedure Recovery
Step 1: Simply change out of your hospital gown, we know it’ll be hard to part ways, and change into the outfit you wore to the appointment.
Step 2: It’s time to treat yourself! You deserve some personal attention. Go out shopping, grab a snack, do whatever it is that you desire. There isn’t a formal recovery process, but we insist that you treat yourself!
Preparing for an MRI isn’t a complicated process. Most patients are actually surprised at how little preparation there is! However, if you have any specific questions or need clarification, call us and we would be happy to provide you with the answers you need. At Northeast Nebraska Imaging, you’re our priority and we want to make sure you’re informed on anything MRI!
Keep in mind that there may be rare circumstances in which additional procedure preparations may be required, so be sure to check with your doctor before the exam to ensure that that's not the case for you.