Preparing for an MRI scan
- Bring along photo identification (eg. Identity card or driver's licence).
- Avoid wearing jewelry and other accessories on the day of the scan.
- Wear loose fitting clothes with no metal fasteners or underwiring if possible.
- Take note of any additional instructions provided by your research coordinator (eg. observing dietary restrictions such as avoiding caffeine or alcohol before a particular scan).
- Be on time. Schedule extra time to find your way and parking if needed.
Upon arrival at CIRC
You will be briefed by the research coordinator on your participation in the study. As part of the screening procedure, you will be asked to remove all metal and electronic objects before entering the scan room. These include items such as jewelry, watches, credit cards, hearing aids, metal zippers and hairpins. You may keep these in lockers provided. You height and weight will be measured and you may be asked to change into a gown.
What to expect
As the magnetic field changes rapidly, vibrations in the scanner are produced, resulting in loud knocking and buzzing noises. This is normal, and earplugs will be provided. You will be asked to lie down and keep still while in the scanner. Straps and positioning pads will be used to help you keep comfortable and maintain the correct position during imaging. You will be in constant contact with the scanner operator via a built-in alarm and voice intercom system. Instructions will be given as required, such as “Breathe in, breathe out and hold your breath” during breath-hold studies. Should you experience any discomfort during the study, the study may be terminated immediately.
After completion of scan
Take your time to rest in the lounge. Hot and cold drinks are available at the main lobby. Remember to bring all your belongings with you. The images from your scan will be screened by the radiologist on duty, and you will be advised should any abnormality be found. These images are for research only; they will not be made available and may not be used for medical diagnosis.