There is no special preparation necessary before an MRI examination. You can eat or drink before the exam. For MRCP however, no solid food or liquid for 4 hours prior to the exam. Do not wear anything metallic during the exam, so it would be best to leave watches, jewelry or anything containing metal at home. Even some cosmetics contain metal so don’t wear makeup when you go to the MRI center.
Because of the magnetic field you will be asked to leave the following items in a safe place within the scan room: Coins, jewelry, watches, glasses, credit cards, keys, hair pins and other metal objects.
You may also be asked to remove makeup, dentures and wear a hospital gown to avoid magnetic interference from belt buckles or zippers. When you leave home for your MRI exam, be sure to have your insurance forms and doctor’s prescription for the MRI exam with you. That will help reduce the time spent on paper work while you are at the center.