• MRI Safety

    MRI poses no known risk to most patients, if appropriate safety guidelines are followed. However, for some patients, MRI might be inadvisable.

    You should tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you or you believe they may apply:

    • Brain aneurysm clips
    • Cardiac pacemaker
    • Cardiac defibrillator
    • Cardiac valve
    • Possible pregnancy
    • Nursing mother
    • Implanted medication pumps
    • Implanted nerve stimulating devices
    • Cochlear implants
    • Metallic implant in your ear
    • Metal in your eye
    • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
    • Intrauterine device (IUD)
    • Any other surgically implanted or metallic object in your body

    For the safety of staff and patients, the MRI environment needs to remain free of metal objects. Here are some examples of what must be removed before entering the scan room: 

    • All Jewelry (including watches)
    • Eyeglasses
    • Removable metallic dental work
    • Hairclips and hairpins
    • Hearing aids
    • Keys
    • Coins
    • Wallets and credit cards

    Prosthetic joints and surgical clips outside the head are MR safe.

    Will it hurt?

    No. MRI imaging is not painful. However, for some, lying still can be slightly uncomfortable; minimizing movement is necessary to obtain the best possible pictures. As in photography, a shifting subject will result in a picture that is blurry.

    Filling Out Your Public Safety Questionnaire

    An MRI examination involves the use of a very strong magnet. For your safety, we request that you complete our safety checklist before beginning your exam. Several versions are provided below to allow you to complete it before arriving at the medical center.

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