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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.
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Posted: January 2008