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Prostate MRI Preparation Instructions

Confirmation Call

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) 982-6600 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.


Take one Gas-X pill the evening before.  Take another Gas-X the morning of your exam.

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.


Do not eat food for 12 hours prior to the exam.  (Clear liquids are fine, but no dairy or carbonated beverages.)


You will be asked to change into a gown and scrub pants for the exam. A locker will be provided to store your belongings until your exam is completed.

Dental Devices

If you wear dentures, or partial dental plates you will be asked to remove them before the exam. 


If there is a critical finding on your study,  your doctor will be notified by our Radiologists. 

If you have not heard from your provider within a reasonable time, please call their office directly.

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