Special Precautions

MRI testing may be inadvisable for patients with certain conditions. Please tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A heart pacemaker
  • A cerebral aneurysm clip (metal clip on a blood vessel in the brain)
  • You are pregnant
  • An implanted insulin pump (for treatment of diabetes), an implanted narcotics pump (for pain medication, or implanted nerve stimulators (“TENS”) for back pain
  • Metal in your eye or eye socket
  • A cochlear (ear) implant for hearing impairment
  • Implanted spine stabilization rods
  • Severe lung disease (such as tracheomalacia or bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Body weight greater than 350 pounds
  • Inability to lie on back for 30 to 60 minutes
  • Claustrophobia (fear of closed or narrow spaces)