Your First Visit
Making your appointment
A scheduled appointment is highly recommended. Please call our office to schedule a time. We can often accommodate walk-ins but making an appointment will ensure you don’t encounter any unnecessary, long waits.
If you think you might be pregnant or might be allergic to materials that could be used during the examination, please let us know when making your appointment.
Due to safety rules and regulations, children cannot accompany you into radiographic exam rooms. Therefore, we ask that you don’t bring babies, toddlers or children under the age of 12 to your appointment, as we cannot watch over your children.
What to bring to your exam
If you’ve been referred by a doctor, please bring the prescription or request form you were given. This ensures we know precisely what type of study to perform. In some cases, the prescription indicates important information about your history that allows us to further tailor the exam to your medical needs.
If you haven’t visited a physician prior to your MRI exam, please relay to our staff the exact symptoms you are experiencing. Any information related to potential causes of symptoms will also be helpful.
You will also need to bring your photo ID, method of payment and any related films and reports if they were not performed at First Look MRI.
What to Expect
You will not feel any pain while undergoing an MRI, and no special diet or preparation is required before your exam. You can resume normal activities immediately following the scan.
Before entering the room with the MRI scanner, you’ll be asked to remove all items from your pockets and all other metallic objects from your body. These can include belts with buckles, shoes or bras with metallic clasps, jewelry, eyeglasses, and dentures. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown if your clothing has metal zippers or buttons.
It’s very important you lie completely still during the procedure to obtain the clearest image. Even with an open MRI system there’s a certain amount of enclosure with the equipment. If you easily experience claustrophobia you may feel uncomfortable.
We make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during our exam. We offer earplugs to minimize the volume of the testing equipment, and you’ll also be able to communicate through an intercom.
Your MRI could take as little as 15 minutes or as long as two hours, depending on the type of study.
Because MRI uses magnets to create images, patients with pacemakers or certain other implanted devices cannot undergo MRI. If you’re going to have an MRI and you have an implanted device inside your body, please let us know prior to your study.