ON THE DAY OF YOUR STRESS MRI, DO NOT FORGET TO BRING WITH YOU
- Any recent exam that is relevant to the reason your scan is performed
- Previous scans of the same part of the body
- Medical note from your physician, stating the reason for your scan
- The exam requisition
- A copy of the creatinine blood test result, if required and the test has been done at an outside facility
- The contrast media your doctor has prescribed you
- Any official document for identification purposes (i.e. passport, ID) and your SSN
HOW THE SCAN IS PERFORMED
When you arrive at the hospital, you'll be asked to fill in a questionnaire about your health and medical history. This helps us to ensure you can have the scan safely. As the MRI scanner produces strong magnetic fields, it's important to remove any metal objects from your body (i.e. jewellery, watch, dentures,hearing aids).
You will then lay on a mobile table which moves inside a ring-shaped device. Straps and pillows may be used to help you stay in position. You will hear buzzing and whirring noises, when scanning starts. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath at certain points to avoid blurring the images.
The procedure takes up to 45 minutes.
HOW TO PREPARE
You may take your medications at their normal time. Avoid caffeinated drinks 12 hours before your test (e.g. coffee, tea, cola drinks).
You cannot have a Stress MRI, if you suffer from COPD or asthma
It is advised to wear clothes without metal zips, fasteners, buttons, underwire (bras), belts or buckle
MRI without contrast medium can be performed at any time during pregnancy, and is allowed with/ or without contrast medium during breast feeding.
If you are claustrophobic, please have your physician prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to take the day of the study. Please contact us at 210 4807082, if you need to get sedated during your scan.
If you have a history of serious allergy on MRI contrast medium, please contact us at 2104807082, 08:00-16:00. Your ordering physician is responsible for prescribing the pre-medications for you. The following pre-medications are usually recommended:
- 12 hours prior to your scan, 2 pills Medrol 16mg
- 2 hours before your scan, 2 pills Medrol 16mg
- 1 hour before your scan 1 pill Zirtek 5mg
Implantable Heart Devices
If you bear an implantable electronic heart device like pacemaker or defibrillators, you may still have an MRI, provided your device is MRI conditional. However, your device should be checked and adjusted before entering the magnetic field. Please call us at 2104809171, 08:00-16:00, on weekdays, to book your appointment.
WHEN YOU SHOULD COME
Please arrive 5 to 10’ before your appointment, to complete registration.
AFTER YOUR SCAN
After the exam you can return to your normal routine. You will likely be told to drink lots of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast material from your body.
Your implantable pacemaker or defibrillator should be reset; in case you bear such a device.
On the day of your exam, our staff will inform you when to expect your result. Your report will be sent to you via email, while your electronic images will also be available in My Ygeia App.