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FAQs About Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Will the MRI hurt?

How long will the MRI take?

Why does the MRI machine make that knocking sound?

Why would I need to have an X-ray done before my MRI?

Will an MRI affect dental fillings?

Can I have an MRI if I have braces?

Do I have to go all the way inside the MR scanner tunnel?

Is sedation or anesthesia available?

Do I need a referral (prescription) to receive an MRI?

Can I move while I'm in the MR tunnel?

Can I talk with anyone during the scan?

Can I bring a friend or a relative into the MR scan room with me?

Will I need to get an injection?

How is the Gadolinium injection given for an MRI?

Can I breastfeed after an Gadolinium injection?

Can I have an MRI if I'm pregnant?

Appointments & Referrals

MRI and Other Imaging Records

A report describing your MRI imaging results will be sent to your MyUCSDChart  account automatically. If you do not have a MyUCSDChart account, if you need copies of the MRI images themselves, or if you need to request past records, call 619-543-6586 for assistance.


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