Subject Information

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


Our 3 Tesla scanner is much stronger in several ways than most of the scanners in the medical system. Medical implants are rated for different MRI environments and we need to ensure your safety in ours.


  • Our scanner has a "wide bore" or opening which is 70cm in diameter. The roof of the opening is 50 cm from the scanner table top
  • Due to the dimensions of the scanner we cannot safely accommodate individuals with a Body Mass Index of 62 or higher.
    We may be able to accommodate individuals with a Body Mass Index between 45 and 62 depending on the body part to be imaged and how well the individual can tolerate being positioned inside the scanner. Ask your study coordinator to contact the MRI facility for guidance.

Every MRI scanner is different and your experience may be different during a research exam versus a medical one.

Having an MRI before does not automatically mean you can be scanned in our scanner

  • Please arrive 30 mins prior to your MRI table time (appointment time).
  • You will be required to fill out a MRI Safety Screening form. Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history.

Preparations for Research MRI Scanning

  • For brain studies please do not wear eyeliner or have wet hair.
  • Do NOT wear scented body products for the safety of our staff and other patients. There is a no-scent policy in the hospital.
  • Please remove ALL piercings and jewelry regardless of if you have been scanned before with it, the type of metal and location. Your exam may be canceled for safety or image quality reasons if you do not remove your piercings.
  • You will have to change into hospital clothes for your scan and remove all metal and electronic items. Cotton/Poly blend undergarments and socks can be worn (no athletic wear, anti-microbial fabrics or metal imbued fabrics).
  • Your research study may have additional preparation requirements, study personnel will inform you of any.

If you have any of the following implants or conditions you WILL NOT be able to 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
  • Pregnancy
  • Makeup tattoos that are not designed to fade over time
  • Stainless steel intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Breast tissue expander

If you have any of the following implants or conditions we will need to evaluate their compatibility with our MRI environment:

  • 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 makeup tattoos in the last six weeks

The MRI Technologists and/or UBC Hospital Radiologist may need an operative report or implant card to assess the implants in your body.

If you have any of the above or are not sure contact your study coordinator.

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Research MRI Appointment Information

Downloadable information Research MRI Appointment Information