MRI Preparations

  • Metal: You will be asked before your MR exam if you have any metal in your body. Having metal in your body does not automatically disqualify you from having an MR exam. All patients are evaluated individually.
  • Registration: Before arriving, you can print and fill out the MRI and MRI and Pregnancy forms, if applicable, on our Pre-Registration Questionnaire page. This should speed your registration process. 
  • Written order: If your doctor gave you an written order, please bring it with you.
  • Medications: If you are claustrophobic (fearful of small, enclosed areas) or experience pain when lying on your back for more than 30 minutes, your referring physician may prescribe a relaxant or pain medication to help you through the exam.
    • The imaging physicians at Cedars-Sinai cannot prescribe such medications for you.
    • If you plan to take relaxation medication before your exam, it is our policy that you come with someone who can drive you home.
  • Anesthesia: If you are having anesthesia, please also read our MRI and Anesthesia page.
  • Pacemakers and other implantable devices.
    • Please make sure to inform your technologist if you have a pacemaker or an implantable device.
    • Many of today's implantable devices are designed to allow a patient to have an MR exam.
    • In some cases, people with pacemakers, defibrillators or other electronic devices cannot have an MR scan.
    • If you have a pacemaker or other implantable devices, please make sure you bring detailed information for your device type and your leads. It is important for us to know which make and model you have.
List and links to specific MRI exam preparations

MRI scan room at S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.