MR Urogram- How to Prepare
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your MR urogram exam at Mountain Medical. However, you may also be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
Guidelines for eating and drinking before an MRI exam may vary. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take food and medications as usual.
You should inform your radiologist or technologist of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or "dye," your radiologist may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, or order a different test.
Also inform your radiologist or technologist of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.
Women should always inform their radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
What you can expect during a MR urogram:
- In order to distend your urinary bladder, you may be asked to drink water prior to the examination, and also not to urinate until after the exam is complete. However, guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary with the specific exam. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications and food as usual.
- You will be asked to lie flat on your back on the moveable examination table.
- Devices that help with the imaging may be placed around or on you.
- If a contrast material is used, an IV will need to be placed.
- The table will move into the magnet of the MRI unit.
- Some of the imaging may be quite loud and if so, ear protection will be provided.
- MRI usually include multiple sequences, some of which last for several minutes.
- If a contrast material is being used, it will be injected into the IV after an initial series of scans. Additional images will be taken during or following the injection.
- When your MRI is completed, you may be asked to wait until the technologist or radiologist checks the images in case additional images are needed.
- Your IV will be removed.
- Depending on the type of exam, the entire exam is usually between 30 to 50 minutes long.