Preparing for an MRI/MRA at MedCross Imaging

Please wear loose clothing without zippers or metallic parts and do not wear any jewelry.   It is best to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to register, change clothes, if needed, and ask any questions about your exam.  You will be asked to complete an MR safety screening form pertaining to your medical history, which your technologist will review with you prior to your scan.


Before your exam, you will be asked to remove all:


  • jewelry
  • watches
  • hairpins
  • glasses
  • wallets
  • other metallic objects


Diet Instructions for Special Exams 


For special MRI exams like MRCP, MRAs of abdomen or renals, MRIs of the liver, pelvis and abdomen, you should not have anything to drink (including water) or eat four (4) hours prior to the exam.

Are you having an MRI that uses contrast enhancement? A new policy is in effect to pre-screen certain patients.Random 1 CERVICAL MRIweb


Effective June 19, 2011, patients who will be getting an MRI that includes an intravenous injection of a contrast agent called gadolinium may need to have a recent BUN/Creatinine test available for clinical review. Your provider may be asked to order this lab test for you, so that the results are available before your actual MRI scan.


Who needs to be screened?


Patients with a history of:


  • Renal disease (including solitary kidney, renal transplant, renal tumor)
  • Age >60
  • History of Hypertension
  • History of Diabetes
  • History of severe hepatic disease/liver transplant/pending liver transplant. For patients in this category only, it is recommended that the patient’s GFR assessment be nearly contemporaneous with the MR examination for which the GBMCA is to be administered.
  • In addition, any patient who has a history of GFR that is under 40 (within the last 60 days) must have a GFR within 24 hours of the contrasted exam.