First – you can eat or drink anything you want – there are a few studies that require you to be NPO
(no food or liquids), but that’s extremely unusual. (PS) Don’t just ask the chicks who *schedule * you if you can’t eat or drink – ask to be put through to MRI, where we actually know the few times you will have to starve.

Second: Remember YOU are the consumer – if the MRI tech just slams you in there…… COMPLAIN!! Btw, you can actually crawl or squiggle out of the machine yourself, so don’t think that you do not have control. Plus- we have all sorts of weird cushions – you’d be amazed at what a weird cushion in the correct place can do. However, I cannot stress enough that you are the consumer. If the technologist treats you like a “trial”- ask for another tech – that is usually enough to get ALL the techs on hypersensitivity mode. But! If your tech is cold or uncaring, tell them to stop. Call the hospital the next day and make sure you have the tech’s name, and, if it’s really bad…. go somewhere else – there are tons of places with MRI.

Third – many times, you’ll get a shot. It’s done in your arm with a 23 gauge butterfly, so it’s not *too* bad.

Fourth – You MUST be completely still during the procedure. This is harder than it sounds. If you are anxious, tell your Doc in advance that you will need something for a mild anti-anxiety drug. If cold turkey (stage 1) and a pill (stage 2) won’t help you….. Find a place where they can knock you out cold. FYI – this will *always* be a hospital, where they have anesthesiologists to administer the drugs, and to sit in the scan room the whole time and watch the monitor.

Don’t trust an outpatient center that says they can knock you out. 🙂

I’m in Nashville at Skyline, and we put at *least* one or two patients under almost every day.

Here’s what’s gonna happen: You have to lie still on a scan bed. A cushion should be put under your knees to make you more comfortable. Caveat: We can’t examine your knees or hips with a cushion.

You will get ear plugs, because the scanner is very noisy.

We can always hear you and see you, but the tech *should* ask after every sequence if you’re OK.

This is all dependent on which part of the body needs to be examined….

Feel free to email me in private if you have any other questions. 🙂

I hope I’ve covered the basics here, but, if you have a question, feel free to email me at

Laura – rayfield@greenempress.net��