Subject Information

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms contact your study coordinator and reschedule your appointment

Medical masks are required in our facility, if you arrive in a non-medical mask we will provide you with one 

Scheduled Appointment

  • Please arrive 30 mins prior to your appointment time.
  • You will be required to fill out a MR screening form upon arrival.

Preparations for MRI Scanning

  • There are no specific dietary or other preparations for your MRI scan. Take your medications as usual.
  • You will have to change into hospital clothes upon arriving for your appointment and remove any metal accessories (watches, jewelry, hair clips and bras with metal hooks).
  • You must remove ALL piercings, dentures, and removable bridges.
  • Please do not wear eye make-up or have wet hair.
  • Scented products (perfume, cologne, after shave, aromatherapy, hair spray, etc) will cause allergic reactions, including severe respiratory distress, in those with hypersensitivities. For the safety of our staff and other patients we ask that you do not apply any scented body products on the day of your appointment. Also, if you are being accompanied, please ask your guests to refrain from wearing scented products. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR STAFF.

MRI Safety Reminder

The most important part of preparing for your MRI scan is determining whether you have any metal or surgical implants that may be affected by the strong magnetic fields used in the MRI process. Most implants are not affected by MRI, but if you have/had any of the following you CANNOT participate in the MRI study:

  • Retained wires from an electronic implant that has been removed (i.e. pacemaker wires not attached to a pacemaker)
  • Cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Metal in eye or orbit
  • Ferromagnetic aneurysm clip
  • Possible pregnancy
  • Makeup tattoos that are not designed to fade over time
  • Stainless steel intrauterine device (IUD)

Depending on the individual situation, you MAY NOT be able to participate if you have/had any of the following:

  • Artificial heart valve
  • Ear or eye implant
  • Brain aneurysm clip
  • Implanted electronic device (i.e. drug infusion pump, electrical stimulator)
  • Coil, catheter, or filter in any blood vessel
  • Orthopedic hardware (artificial joint, plate, screw, rod)
  • Shrapnel, bullets, or other metal fragments
  • Surgery, medical procedure or tattoos (including tattooed eyeliner) in the last six weeks
  • Other metallic prostheses

If you have any of the above or if there are possible safety issues that arise during the MRI screening process, your individual case will be reviewed by the UBC Hospital MR Technologist and/or Radiologist.  A decision will be made regarding your participation in the study. In many cases, an operative report may be required to assess the nature of the implants in your body.


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Research MRI Appointment Information

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