I am having an MRI scan with contrast.  Can I eat and drink?

You may eat and drink.  There is no preparation for an MRI scan.

NGI knows you can't adjudicate what you don't understand. By choosing NGI's upright, weight-bearing MRI to assess your client's personal injury, you provide your client:

  • Objective findings based on AMA guidelines, no human subjectivity.
  • Quick, clean assessment to ensure a quick closure with reduced costs.
  • True diagnosis of the pain for appropriate treatment which avoids costly
  • ineffective treatments.
  • An end to debate over the etiology of an injury-it is what it is.

What is the exam like?

The exam takes about 30 minutes depending on the type of scan. You will be asked to remove eyeglasses, watches, dentures, hearing aides, cell phones and wallets. You may be asked to change into a gown. You will be positioned and have a device called a coil gently and loosely placed around you. Once you are positioned, the technologist will step to the control area. As the exam begins, you will hear a muffled thumping for several minutes at a time. These sounds are normal and occur as the MRI images are being taken. It is important you hold still while the machine is running, otherwise your images will be blurry and will need to be repeated.

You may elect to watch our 42" television set located  in front of the scanner during the exam.

Will I need an injection?

In most cases an MRI exam does not require any injections.  In some instances, a substance known as a contrast agent may be needed to better visualize the area of interest your physician ordered to be scanned.  The contrast agent used for an MRI typically has no side effects.