You have been scheduled to have a fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Mass General for Children (MGfC). This handout will answer some frequently asked questions about fetal MRIs and help you prepare for your appointment.

What is a Fetal MRI?

A fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging test that doctors use to see your baby’s body while you are pregnant. The MRI scanner takes clear and detailed images (pictures) of your baby’s body.

Why Does My Doctor Want Me to Have a Fetal MRI?

Your doctor wants you to have a fetal MRI because your last ultrasound showed an abnormal result that your doctor wants to check in more detail. The MRI pictures can help your doctor understand any abnormalities that might affect your baby’s growth and development during your pregnancy and your baby’s future.

About Your Appointment

Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Call 857-238-CARE (2273) if you need to reschedule.

Don’t eat or drink caffeinated drinks 4 hours before your scheduled appointment time. Please feel free to bring a snack to enjoy after.

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