Preparing for your MRI with I.V. Sedation

Patient preparation

Preparing for your MRI with I.V. Sedation

What is I.V. Sedation?

In our office, I.V. Sedation is medication given to patients to help them remain still during an MRI scan. Lying still is critical to insuring that the MRI pictures taken will be accurate and clear. Prior to the scan, the Board Certified Anesthesiologist will put you into a very light sleep to help you relax and minimize any fear or anxiety. Both the anesthesiologist and a Registered Nurse will monitor you before, during and after the MRI study.

What medications are used?

Propofol will be given through an I.V. to induce sleep. This medication has a short duration of action and a rapid recovery time and is administered to make sure you remain asleep during the entire MRI study.

How will I feel after the MRI scan?

Most patients are awake, alert, and ready for discharge within 30 - 45 minutes after the MRI scan is completed. There are usually no lasting effects from the medication after awakening. Some patients may continue to feel drowsy throughout the day, and some may wake up feeling irritable. These side effects should last only a short time.

How do I prepare for I.V. Sedation?

You should:

  • Make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the MRI because you will be receiving medication.
  • Have nothing to eat or drink for at least eight (8) hours before the scheduled MRI appointment time.
  • Dress in comfortable clothing that has no metal detailing (no metal snaps, zippers, jewelry, etc.). Wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants is suggested.
  • Arrive one (1) hour prior to the exam time.

Will there be a doctor present?

There will always be a Board Certified Anesthesiologist present and there is always a Board Certified Radiologist in the office during I.V. Sedation.

What information do I need to send you before the MRI appointment?

After scheduling an appointment for your MRI, you will need to provide us with some very specific medical history information and documentation so that our clinical staff can evaluate medical eligibility for this procedure. Below is a list of information we will need from you right away to ensure that your MRI scan is performed as scheduled.

  • Fax a prescription from your physician which orders the MRI with I.V. Sedation. The script should be dated within 30 days of your scheduled MRI appointment and faxed to us at 732-238-6238, if you are scheduled in our East Brunswick office. If your appointment is in New Brunswick, please fax the script to 732-246-2696.

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