Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(Imaging, Magnetic Resonance; MRI Scan; MRI)
Reasons for Test
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- Medical devices likes pacemakers, ear implants, insulin pumps, and shunts
- Joint replacements, plates, or metal pins
- Metal objects or fragments in your body—An x-ray may be done before the MRCP.
What to Expect
Prior to Test
You will be asked about the following:
- Medical and surgical history
- Other conditions that you may have—If your MRI involves contrast material, your doctor will ask about the health of your kidneys. There is a risk of complications in people who have kidney disease and receive contrast material.
You will be asked if you have something in your body that would interfere with the MRI, such as:
- Pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.
- Ear implant .
- Metal fragments in your eyes or in any other part of your body. Be sure to tell your doctor if your work involves metal filings or particles.
- Implanted port device, such as an insulin pump.
- Metal plate, pins, screws, or surgical staples.
- Joint replacement.
- Metal clips from aneurysm repair.
- Retained bullets.
- Any other large metal objects in your body. Tooth filling and braces are usually fine.
- You will be asked to remove any metal objects such as, jewelry, hearing aids, or glasses.
- You will also be asked to remove all medication skin patches. They may contain metal elements and cause skin burns.
- An x-ray may be taken to check for any metal objects in your body.
- Given ear plugs or headphones. The MRI machine makes a loud banging noise.
- Given an injection of contrast dye into your vein
- Allowed to have a family member or friend with you during the test
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Worsening of symptoms
- Any allergic or abnormal symptoms, like getting a rash or swelling if you were injected with contrast dye
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/17/2014 -
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