Preparing for a scan


Prior to your appointment

One of our staff will contact you the day before your appointment to confirm your details and the time of your scan. If you have not heard from us, please call our office on (02) 9557 1464 to confirm you are able to attend for your scheduled appointment.

If you have any previous scans or images of the same area of your body, you need to bring them to your appointment so that our MRI specialist can use them for comparison.

MRI Safety

Our staff will need to ask you questions about your medical history and previous operations. Some metal implants such as pacemakers, implanted defibrillators, cochlear implants, neurostimulators and some aneurysm clips can cause you injury if you go into the scanner and you may not be able to have a MRI scan. Patients who have had an accident where metal has gone into their eyes and has not been removed may require an x-ray of their eyes before they can safely have a MRI scan.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or think you could be pregnant – please notify our staff before your appointment. These things may also affect whether or not you can have a MRI scan.

If you have kidney disease or allergies you may not be able to have a contrast medium injection (contrast is not necessary for all types of examinations).

If there is anything at all you are unsure about - please call our staff on 02 9557 1464.

If you are feeling concerned or anxious about your scan, please let us know ahead of time. Most patients don't have any trouble at all having a MRI scan - but if you are concerned, let us know - arrangements can be made to help you.

Special Requirements

MRI Brain/Head studies - Please do not wear eye makeup or glitter makeup.

MRI Abdomen/Pelvis studies - Most of these studies require you to fast for 5 hours prior to your scan. Please check with our staff when booking or confirming your appointment.

MRI with Sedation - If you require sedation to undergo your MRI exam, please do not eat or drink anything for 5 hours before your scan - otherwise we will not be able to give you the sedation. You will also need to bring someone with you, or have someone collect you and accompany you home. You should not drive a car or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your scan.

MRI & Breastfeeding/Pregnancy - If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or think you could be pregnant, please notify our staff prior to your appointment. These things will affect whether you can have a MRI scan, or the type of MRI scan you can have.

The day of your appointment

You will be asked to arrive at SMRI about 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete or check your safety questionnaire and get you ready for your scan.

We will provide you with a gown and a locker to store your belongings while you have your scan. In the interests of security we recommend that you leave any jewellery or valuables at home. You will need to remove things like hearing aids, hairpins, and watches, as these can be dangerous to you and others if brought into the scan room.