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FirstScan™ is the only independent facility in the region accredited by the ACR for Body imaging 

We are also accredited for MSK, Spine, and Head imaging

How To Prepare For A MRI Scan

Step One

LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT

MRI is a very common procedure. However, if you've never had an MRI scan before and are nervous, learning about the process can help put your mind at ease. We offer the latest scientific and clinical information on our website to help patients understand the MRI scanning process. We want you to feel confident and comfortable when you come for your scan. Our friendly and knowledgeable patient representatives are available anytime to answer any questions you have about the procedure.

Step Two

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

Once you've educated yourself about the MRI process, speak to your doctor about what you need to prepare and ask them any questions you have about the scan. MRI is not recommended for people with pacemakers and some implants, so during the time of your consultation make sure to tell your doctor if you have:

  • A pacemaker

  • Metal implants or joints

  • An implanted drug infusion device

  • Any implant made wholly or iron or steel

  • Steel surgical clips or staples

  • Cochlear implants

  • A neuro-stimulator (Tens-unit)

You should also mention if you have any bullets, shrapnel, or other metal fragments in your eyes or have a history as a metal worker.

Step Three

FOLLOW YOU DOCTOR'S INSTRUCTIONS

Each MRI scan is different, so your doctor will let you know what steps you need to take to prepare. Follow their instructions and you'll be ready go on the day of the scan.

Step Four

AVOID WEARING ANY METAL ITEMS

At FirstScan™ we allow all our patients to wear their own comfortable clothing for the exam. However, metal items can interfere with the MRI screening process should you should avoid wearing any metal items such as:

  • Any jewelry and watches

  • Eyeglasses

  • Hairpins/barrettes

  • Underwire bras

You will not be able to bring your wallet or cellphone into the scanning room with you. However, we offer lockers to keep your personal items safe during the scan. 

Step Five

ARRIVE 20 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR EXAM

We recommend arriving 20 minutes before your exam in order to have time to fill out patient paperwork and consult with the technologist about your exam. At FirstScan™ we offer private waiting rooms where you can relax in comfort while preparing for your scan.

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