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3 Tips to Prepare for Your MRI Appointment

by Valerie Stevens

Having an MRI done doesn't have to be a big deal, and in general, it does not require much preparation. However, if you do want to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for your appointment, follow these simple tips on the day that you will be having your MRI done.

1. Don't Wear Jewelry

First of all, you should know that any metal item can affect the imagery of your MRI. This means that you'll generally want to avoid wearing any jewelry on the day of your appointment. Leaving the jewelry at home can save you time before your MRI and can help prevent you from losing your jewelry, but if you must wear your jewelry, consider keeping it simple, such as by wearing just your wedding band and/or a simple pair of earrings. Consider bringing along a small bag or case that you can put your jewelry in when you remove it for your appointment.

2. Wear Clothing That's Easy to Slip Off and On

In many cases, you will be required to wear a gown when you have your MRI done. Even though you can certainly dress however you want to on the day of your appointment, wearing clothing that will be easy to slip off and then back on can help you save time and can make things easier. Plus, since you may have to spend time in the waiting room prior to your appointment, it can pay to wear comfortable clothing. Sweatpants or yoga pants and a T-shirt, a dress that you can slip over your head, or other similar clothing can be a good choice to wear on the day that you are having your MRI done.

3. Remove Your Glasses or Hearing Aids

Be prepared to remove your glasses and/or hearing aid at your appointment because, like jewelry, these items can affect the imagery. Bring along your glasses case or hearing aid case so that you can remove them and keep them safe while you're at your appointment.

As you can see, the tips for preparing for an MRI appointment are simple. If you follow them, however, you can help make your day a whole lot easier and can help prevent problems for the healthcare professionals who will be assisting you. Then, you and your healthcare professionals can instead focus on the matter at hand. Talk to your doctor for more tips on preparing for an MRI.

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