MRI - FAQs Q: How long are MRI exams? A: An MRI without contrast is typically 30 minutes per body part; if contrast is needed, exam time(s) run approximately 45 minutes for the with and without exams to be performed. Q: How much of my body will be in the MRI magnet? A: Imaging is done in the middle of the magnet. This means that an MRI of the brain will have your head in the MRI tube with waist to feet being out of the tube (head first). For an MRI of the foot, your foot will be in the MRI tube with waist to head being out of the tube depending on how tall you are (feet first). Q: Do I need to stop any medication(s) prior to having an MRI with contrast? A: No, all medications should be continued as normal. Q: What type of lab work is required before a patient (60 years of age or older) can have an MRI with contrast? A: A GFR w/Creatinine must be done within the last 3 months to check the patient’s kidney function. Q: What type of lab work is required before a patient (60 years of age or older) can have an MRI with contrast? A: A GFR w/Creatinine must be done within the last 3 months to check the patient’s kidney function. Q: Are there any special precautions to me if I weld, grind, or do metal work before my MRI? A: If you have done any type of welding, grinding or metal work without protective eyewear, the doctor’s office will order an x-ray of the eyes to check for metal. If you have not done this since your last MRI, you will not need an x-ray. Q: Are eye implants safe for MRI? A: Most lens implants are safe for MRI. There may be some that are not though which is why it is important to have the patient card and/or as much information about the implanted device as possible. Q: Are all pacemakers MRI safe? A: No. Many of the older styles are not MRI compatible. MRI safe pacemakers should have a card, and all manufacturers have different policies and procedure for obtaining an MRI. Q: Can pregnant women have an MRI? A: Yes, but it is preferred to wait after the 1st trimester. Please also speak with your physician to ensure full safety. Q: Are titanium clips MRI safe? A: Yes, however it is preferred to wait 6 weeks after the clips are placed before an MRI is performed. Q: What should be done if I have an implant but does not have an ID card for it to determine if it is MRI safe? A: Please try to obtain the operative report from the clinician who placed the implant to ascertain the manufacturer’s name. Q: Are IUDs and contraceptive implants MRI safe? A: Yes, all IUDs and contraceptive implants are MRI safe. Q: Do piercings need to be removed before having an MRI? A: Yes, all piercings must be removed before having an MRI as most contain ferrous metals that could cause you harm when subjected to the powerful MRI magnet. Q: How important is it to know about any bullets and/or shrapnel I have within an old wound before my MRI? A: It is of the utmost importance to know the type of bullet or shrapnel, when the injury occurred, and where in the body it could be. A Radiologist may want to x-ray the body part where the bullet/shrapnel lies to determine if you are safe to have the MRI performed. Q: Are tattoos MRI safe? A: Yes, though it is recommended to wait 6 weeks after the tattoo before having an MRI as some contain metallic ink. It is also important for us to know of any cosmetic tattoos (such as eyebrows or eyeliner) so we can communicate to the patient regarding any heating or burning sensation during the exam. Q: Does Christie Clinic have an open MRI? A:No. Christie Clinic does not offer an open MRI due to the image output quality, but we have two large bore MRIs, one at the Urbana clinic and another at the Fields clinic, which we have had great success with claustrophobic patients.