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Capital Orthopaedics MRI


12499 University Avenue, Suite 110 Clive, Iowa 50325 515-440-2663 (BONE) Fax: 515-267-9988 Hours (7:15 am - 5:00 pm)

Patient Checklist for MRI

Prior to your exam, please review the following checklist:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your exam time to check in. This will allow time for you to complete your patient registration and final MRI screening forms then dress for your MRI appointment. Your MRI examination will take approximately 45 minutes to complete so plan on being at the MRI imaging center for approximately 1 hr. for your appointment.
  • You will change into a patient gown and/or shorts for your MRI examination. Clothing with metal zippers/snaps/buckles or fasteners will not be allowed into the MRI scanner. Athletic clothing such as anti-perspiration/self wicking fabrics and synthetics cannot be worn as they may contain metal fibers within the materials that can interfere with your MRI testing. You will also need to remove certain jewelry and other personal devices such as cell phones, wallets and purses before entering the MRI scanner. A locker will be provided to store your valuables.
  • For most exams, it isn’t necessary to refrain from eating and drinking. Some MRI exams may require a lab test prior to your testing. The MRI scheduler will advise you of any restrictions and provide you with instructions if a lab test is indicated for your exam.
  • You CAN take any medication you may currently be taking. It is not necessary to stop taking it prior to the exam. Pain medication should also be taken as prescribed. In fact, the exam will be much more comfortable if you continue to take your medication as scheduled. Please Note: Medication patches such as pain or nicotine patches must be removed from your skin prior to the MRI testing, however, as they can heat up and cause skin irritation when worn during an MRI examination
  • You CANNOT have the examination if you have the following:
    • Certain cerebral aneurysm clips (magnetic)
    • Pacemakers and implanted heart defibrillators
    • You are pregnant
    • In the case of mechanical heart valves, cochlear implants or other electronic implanted medical devices such as an insulin pump, your medical history will be checked for MRI safety and compatibility prior to your MRI test.
  • The MRI testing is done with a strong magnet and radio frequency. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your surgical and medical background prior to your MRI testing and entering the magnetic field. Certain implants in your body (electronic or metal) will need to be checked and documented from your medical/surgical records to verify MRI compatibility to ensure your safety undergoing an MRI. If you have had an injury to your eye(s) where metal was removed and you were treated by a physician, preliminary x-rays of your eyes may be necessary before your MRI test. An MRI staff member will contact you if any preliminary x-rays or additional medical history is needed from you prior to your testing.
  • If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe medication prior to the exam. If you do receive medication, please bring someone with you that will be able to drive you home because you will not be able to drive yourself.
Relax and do not worry about the exam! We will make sure that you receive the quality, professional care that you deserve.

Hitachi Echelon TM 1.5T MRI (High Field/Short Bore) Diagnostic Imaging

  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Brain
  • Brain/with Orbits
  • Brain/with Inner Auditory Canal
  • Cervical Spine
  • Neck (Soft Tissue)
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Thoracic Spine