Health Tip: Before an MRI
- An MRI is a diagnostic procedure used to detect injuries and abnormalities inside the body.
The University of Michigan Health System suggests how you should prepare for an MRI:
- Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can eat, drink and take your medications as usual before an MRI.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Do not wear any clothing with metal zippers, snaps or other fasteners, as metal can affect the results and even lead to injury.
- Tell your doctor if you have any metal plates, screws or other metal objects anywhere in your body.
- Tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker implanted. Depending on the type of pacemaker, you may or may not be able to have an MRI.
Posted: January 2008