Subject Information

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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 any of the following you will not be able to participate in the MRI study:

  • Cardiac pacemaker, wires, or defibrillator
  • Metal fragment in eye or orbit
  • Steel brain aneurysm clip
  • Pregnancy
  • Stainless steel Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Surgery or tattooing (including makeup tattoos) within the past 6 weeks

If you have any of the following, please contact the study coordinator or MR technologist:

  • Artificial heart valve
  • Ear or eye implant
  • Brain aneurysm clip, titanium
  • Implanted drug infusion pump
  • Electrical stimulator for nerves or bones
  • Coil, catheter or filter in any blood vessel
  • Orthopedic hardware (artificial joint, plate, screws, rods)
  • Other metallic prostheses
  • Shrapnel, bullets, or other metallic fragments
  • Medical procedures within the past six weeks

If you have any of the above, your individual case will be reviewed by the UBC MRI Research Centre MR Technologist and/or UBC Hospital Radiologist, and 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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