How Do You Prepare for an Upcoming MRI?

Medically Reviewed by Poonam Sachdev on November 15, 2021

An MRI can be used to monitor treatment or diagnose a host of conditions. It is a noninvasive way for your doctor to look at your tissues, skeletal system, and organs. If you have an upcoming MRI, you will need to prepare for it ahead of time. 

  • Eat normally on the day of your MRI exam. Take your usual medications unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise. 
  • Remove jewelry items that might interfere with the magnetic imaging. Do not wear any hairpins, eyeglasses, watches, jewelry, or an underwire bra. 
  • Do not put on any makeup, as some cosmetics contain metal particles. 
  • If you wear a wig, leave it at home or remove it before the MRI scan. 
  • Tell your MRI technologist and doctors about any metal objects in your body, such as a metal plate or a pacemaker. 
  • If you have claustrophobia, tell your MRI technologist beforehand. 

Getting an MRI can be a scary experience. Take a friend or family member with you for moral support. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask your doctor. 

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Mayo Clinic: "MRI."
University Hospitals: "Instructions for Patients Receiving an MRI."

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