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How do you prepare for a spine MRI scan?

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Usually, you can eat, drink, and take medication as you normally do before the procedure. You may wear a gown, or your own clothes if they’re loose and don’t have any metal. You would need to take off any eyeglasses, hearing aids, jewelry, your watch, and other items.

Let your doctor know if you:

  • Have any serious health problems, such as kidney or liver disease
  • Recently had surgery
  • Have any allergies or asthma
  • Are pregnant, or think you may be
  • Wear a medicine patch

From: Spine MRI: Why and How It's Done WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine.”

North American Spine Society: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRI.”

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: “About MRI Scans.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine.”

North American Spine Society: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRI.”

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: “About MRI Scans.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 06, 2018

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