There is generally no special preparation required prior to the examination.
Patients can continue to take all medication and follow their regular diet unless instructed otherwise.
Prior to entering the scan room, the patient will be instructed to remove all metal objects from their body. Credit cards and ATM cards must not be brought into the scan room, as the magnet will erase the magnetic codes on the cards. Patients with metallic or electronic implants, pacemakers or aneurysm clips should alert the technician prior to entering the scan room as the MRI may adversely affect these items.
Women who are pregnant are typically advised to not undergo an MRI procedure.