Preparing for your visit

Patient Assessment Safety form

How do I get ready for an MRI?

  1. Follow any directions you are given for not eating or drinking before the test.
  2. Ask your provider if you should stop taking any medicine before the test.
  3. Follow your normal daily routine unless your provider tells you otherwise.
  4. You'll be asked to remove your watch, jewelry, hearing aids, credit cards, pens, pocket knives, eyeglasses, and other metal objects.
  5. You may be asked to remove your makeup. Makeup may contain some metal.
  6. Most MRI tests take 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on the type of MRI you are having, the test may take longer. Give yourself extra time to check in.