You can use this information to help prepare you for MRI without anesthesia.  

Your privacy and comfort are important to us, and we are here to help. At any point, please ask us questions and let us know if you have any concerns.

How To Prepare

    • Screening Call - Expect to get a phone call from our MRI staff about three days before your appointment. We will ask you questions about allergies and implants. The call helps make sure we have everything ready for you when you arrive.
    • Implants - Please bring information about any metal or electronic implants in your body to your appointment.
    • Eating and Drinking - Some MRI exams restrict what you can eat and drink before your appointment. Your doctor's office can give you the details for your specific exam.
    • Claustrophobia - Ask your doctor abour medicine to help you relax during your appointment if you have a feel of small spaces. We don't have any in our department thta we can give you.
    • Clothing - Please wear clothes that are easy to change out of. All MRI patients at Mass General change into a hospital gown for safety.
    • Valuables - Valuables are not allowed in the exam room. Lockers are available, but we suggest you leave your valuables at home so you don’t have to worry about them. 
    • Children - If you need to bring kids to your appointment, please bring someone to watch them in the waiting room.

A Note About Contrast

You may need contrast for your MRI. There are two kinds – the kind you drink in the waiting room and the kind that you get through an IV. We will give you more details at your appointment.

Contrast helps us see the images more clearly. The benefits of using contrast typically outweigh any potential risk. We carefuelly asses your risk before giving you contrast. 

Checking In

It’s important to arrive with enough time before your appointment so that we can get everything ready, especially if you need contrast. Your doctor's office can tell you what time to arrive.

When you check in, we will ask your name, date of birth, insurance and other details. We may ask you to show a photo ID. We will give you an ID bracelet and ask your name and date of birth again for your safety. We will also confirm medical information and ask you to fill out paperwork.

Depending on the type of imaging you and other patients are waiting for, you may be called in a different order than you came in. You can always ask us when we’ll be ready for you.