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MR & MR Contrast Preparations

MRMR is a non-radiation form of imaging which is very safe as long as patients are screened properly. The professional staff in MR will make sure you are safe to have an MR. Some of the precautions are listed below. When we give our patients contrast, we need to be sure their kidneys are working properly to filter the contrast out of the bloodstream. Therefore, if you are having contrast we will get some blood work and ask several questions before we begin.

MR Preparations

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing for an MR Exam

  1. We do not perform MR exams on patients with a pacemaker, cardiac defibrillator or intracranial aneurysm clips.
  2. Weight: Accommodates up to 500 pounds.
  3. History of cancer: IV contrast is injected on spine exams for patients who have history of cancer within the past 10 years.
  4. Prior surgeries: Patients will need to be Post-Op 8 weeks. Patients need to bring documentation (heart, aneurysm, ear and eye implants).
  5. Worked around metal: If the patient has had any history of metal inflicted into the orbital region, an x-ray of the orbits is needed for clearance before the MR exam is to be performed.
  6. Insulin pump: The patient needs to consult with their physician to verify if they are okay to be without insulin for a one hour time period. They also need to schedule a time after the exam to have the insulin pump reset.
  7. MR brain exams require: The patient’s hair must be clean and dry.  No mousses, gels, sprits, or sprays. No eye makeup is to be worn on the day of the exam.
  8. MR Pelvis and Abdomen requires: The patient should have nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to the scan.
  9. Implanted Stimulators, pain managing devices or any other surgically implanted devices: The patient must have a card or other documentation stating that the device is MR compatible or a document stating the implant ID information and manufacturer so that the MR department can contact the manufacturer regarding MR compatibility. These devices need to be checked immediately following the MR by the physician to make sure that the device is working properly after the MR.  Arrangements must be made for this physician appointment following the MR scan.

MR Contrast Preparations

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing for an MR Contrast Exam

  1. Weight: Accommodates up to 500 pounds
  2. All patients having an MR contrast exam will be screened appropriately. A Creatinine/eGFR level is to be obtained for patients at risk for reduced renal function including the following:
    • Creatinine needs to be drawn within 30 days of the exam date.
      • Age 65 years and older
      • History of multiple myeloma
      • History of renal disease, renal transplantation, renal carcinoma
      • History of liver transplantation, hepato-renal syndrome
      • History of sickle cell anemia
      • Diabetes
  3. Patients need to bring a list of all medications with them on day of exam.