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Appointment Information

  • The test may take 30 to 90 minutes depending on type of MRI you are having.
  • Patients will be asked to change into a gown or scrub pants for patient safety.
  • Puget Sound Imaging does not offer sedation or distribute medication. But, we can work with your provider to get a prescription filled before your appointment. If you take a sedation medication, we require you to have a driver after the exam.
  • After your MRI exam, you will need to make a follow up appointment with your doctor to go over the findings of the exam. The doctor will not call you to go over results over the phone.
  • Review the MRI consent form for more information.

MRI Exam Safety Concerns

  • There is no radiation involved with MRI but there are serious safety concerns regarding implant safety and burning.

    • Remove all medication patches and jewelry: Certain medication patches or jewelry can heat up during the MRI.
    • Let your MRI tech know about any implants you may have or past surgeries that have left implants in your body: Some implants have specific scanning parameters to avoid overheating.
  • Pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Brian clips or aortic clips
  • Pain stimulating unit or internal TENS unit
  • Diabetic, liver or kidney issues, Hep C, or hypertension
  • Insulin pump
  • Coronary, artery or heart surgery
  • Any other implanted device not listed

If you have any current or previous metal injuries to the eyes you will need to be cleared by a X-ray examination before you can enter the MRI room. If you have previously cleared your eyes with X-ray a report will be required to avoid another screening.

Helpful Insurance Authorization Assistance

Our authorization coordinators provide helpful assistance with insurance authorizations to ensure patient appointments are scheduled as quickly as possible. Insurance processing times vary depending on your insurance. If you have not been contacted within the estimated time frame, then contact your scheduler. Review the Special Testing Notification document for more information.

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