Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Preparation will vary slightly depending on the area being scanned.  If the MRI is of the abdomen/pelvis, there is additional preparation required.  


General prep for all exams:

If possible, limit the amount of metallic objects on your person prior to arriving for your examination. You will be asked to remove any hairpins, eyeglasses, jewellery, dental work, hearing aids and any other metallic objects on your person. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.

Please be prepared to remove any medication patches prior to your exam.

If you are claustrophobic (uncomfortable in small places), please arrange for medication with your doctor. If you are prescribed medication to help you relax during the examination, please make sure you have someone to accompany you home.

If you have worked with metal or have had metal in your eyes, please arrange with your doctor to have eye xrays prior to your MRI.

If you have shrapnel or bullets embedded in tissue, please arrange with your doctor to have xrays of the affected area prior to your MRI.

Do not wear any perfumes or apply creams with strong fragrance prior to your appointment.

You must bring your Ontario Health Card to your appointment.

Patients must be able to consent to the procedure. If language is a barrier, please bring an interpreter.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give the testing location at least 24 hours' notice to avoid late cancellation/no show fees.


Additional prep for abdomen/pelvis MRI examinations:

Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to your arrival time.


Testing locations:

Cambridge Memorial Hospital

700 Coronation Blvd

Cambridge ON N1R 3G2


Grand River Hospital

835 King St W

Kitchener ON N2G 1G3


Guelph General Hospital

115 Delphi St

Guelph ON N1E 4J4