MRI Preparation Instructions
A UVA Imaging Patient Liaison will contact you to provide preparation instructions for your exam, including any liquid or food restrictions. If you have questions about your exam preparation, please call (434) 9820-6600 Monday-Friday. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam.
To ensure your safety, you will be asked to complete an MRI Patient Screening Form at the time of registration or to bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
You may continue to take any routine medications prescribed by your physician and there are no dietary restrictions* unless you are scheduled to receive medication for claustrophobia or pain.
If you are having an abdominal MRI, you may not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to your exam.
You will be asked to change into a gown and scrub pants for your exam. A locker will be provided to store your clothing during your exam.
You may leave on your wedding rings but all other jewelry will need to be removed.
Hair Products & Accessories
Any hair clips, ties, pins or weaves that are made of metal or have metal parts on them must be removed.
Because some make up is made with a metallic base, it is best not to wear make up the day of your appointment.
If you wear dentures, or partial dental plates you will be asked to remove them before the exam.
Length of Exam
The average MRI exam on one body part lasts 30-45 minutes. Scans of more than one body part take longer. Your technologists can tell you how long you can expect to be in the machine.