Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) produces detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body. The scanner itself resembles a large tube with a table in the middle, allowing the patient to slide in. There is very little preparation required, however, individuals who are anxious or nervous about enclosed spaces should tell their doctor. Often they can be given medication prior to the MRI to help make the procedure more comfortable.

At Bayside Imaging, we offer the following MRI scans at varying locations:

  • MRI with/without IV Contrast
  • MRI Breast Only
  • MR Angiogram (MRA)

Examination Instructions

Arrival time for appointment

PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINS PRIOR TO YOUR SCAN TIME. LATE ARRIVALS MAY RESULT IN RESCHEDULING OF YOUR SCAN TO A LATER DATE. Patients that do not show or cancel less than 24 hours prior to their appointment may be charged.

Appointment Instructions

Allow up to 1- 1 ½ hours for total exam process

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, only the patient will be allowed into the scan area. Anyone that accompanies the patient will be limited to the waiting area and may be allowed in patient areas at the sole discretion of the staff. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Follow hydration instructions below.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown prior to your scan.
  • NO implantable electronic medical devices (i.e. cochlear ear implant, pacemaker, tens unit, hearing aids, etc.).
  • For MRI Abdomen: No solid food 4 hours prior to the appointment.  Follow hydration instructions below.
  • For MRCP: Nothing by mouth, No food or liquids 6 hours prior to the appointment.
  • For Pelvis: No solid food 4 hours prior to the appointment. Follow hydration instructions below.
  • For MRI Rectal Protocol: No food or liquids (other than water) 6 hours prior to the appointment.  Administer over the counter Fleet Enema morning of the scan.
  • Take your medications as per your normal routine.

Hydration Instructions:

  • If patient is on fluid restriction, refer to ordering MD for hydration instructions
  • Beginning 3 hours before your scheduled exam time, drink 1 glass of water every hour, for a total of 3 glasses.
    • For example: A 12:00 appointment would have a person drinking one glass of water at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00.
  • Voiding is allowed; a full bladder is not necessary. Continue to drink water couple hours after the scan to flush your system.