EAT/DRINK: You may eat, drink and take medications as usual.
CLOTHING: You must completely change into a patient gown and lock up all personal belongings. A gown and locker will be provided for you. Please remove all piercings and leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Imaging takes place inside of a large tube-like structure, open on both ends. You must lie perfectly still for quality images. The machine is very loud, so earplugs are required and will be provided to you.
CONTRAST: Your MRA scan may include an injection of a contrast agent. A contrast agent is a special liquid that is injected through an intravenous (IV) line, a small tube placed in a vein. Some people may notice discomfort, tingling or warmth in the lips, metallic taste in the mouth, tingling in the arm, nausea or headache. These symptoms go away quickly.
ALLERGY: If you’ve had a hypersensitive response to differentiate that necessary medicinal treatment, contact your requesting doctor to get the prescribed medicine to take by mouth 24, 12 and two hours before the MRA scan.
ANXIETY: If you require anti-anxiety medication due to claustrophobia, contact your ordering physician for a prescription. Please note, you will need someone to drive you home.
STRONG MAGNETIC ENVIRONMENT: If you have metal within your body that was not disclosed prior to your appointment, your MRA scan may be delayed, rescheduled or canceled upon your arrival until further information can be obtained.
Your doctor may suggest additional preparation depending on your particular situation.