Preparing for Your MRI

IMPORTANT: Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus COVID-19 situation, please review this information before visiting any Lifespan facility or outpatient practice for an appointment or procedure. If needed, please call 401-444-7770 to reschedule your appointment.

How to Prepare for Your MRI

Important: Please leave any personal belongings (jewelry, glasses, etc.) at home when having an outpatient exam performed at any of our facilities to avoid misplacement.

MRI exams of the Abdomen, Pelvis and MR Enterography

  • Do not eat or drink for four hours prior to the MRI exam.
  • If you must take oral medication, use minimal water.

MRI Exams with Anesthesia

If your MRI will involve anesthesia and you have any questions about the procedure or would like to review unusual medical problems, please call 401-444-5657 and ask to speak to an anesthesiologist.

Adult Anesthesia Studies

Fasting guidelines:
  • No solids, milk products or pulpy juices after midnight.
  • Prescribed medications should be continued on the morning of the MRI.            

Further information about anesthesia for adult MRI patients  

Pediatric Anesthesia Studies

Fasting guidelines:
  • No solids, milk products or pulpy juices after midnight.
  • Small amounts of clear fluids (apple juice, ginger ale, water) are permitted up to 2 hours prior to the scan.
  • Prescribed medications should be continued on the morning of the MRI.            

Further information about anesthesia for pediatric MRI patients

Implants and Devices

For any implants or devices that are not removable, please bring any information given to you by the physician, such as the name of device, model number, settings (if there are any) and date of insertion.
If you have any concerns about an implant or internal device, please call us:
  • Miriam Hospital: 401-793-4448
  • Rhode Island Hospital: 401-444-4881
  • Newport Hospital: 401-845-1357

 Prostate MRI

Before your exam, please be sure to:

  • Purchase a Fleet enema
  • Follow a LOW fiber diet for 3 days prior to MRI
  • Not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to exam
  • Administer the enema at home 2 hours prior to the exam

When to Arrive for Your MRI

Please be sure to arrive one and a half hours early for:

  • All MRI Arthrograms

Please be sure to arrive one hour early for:

Please be sure to arrive 30 minutes early for other MRI appointments.

For studies at Newport Hospital only:

  • Please arrive one hour prior for MRI enterography and MRI arthrograms
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior for any other MRI exam