What is a MRI?                           

The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) exam provides a detailed picture of particular areas of the body. The image provides your doctor with valuable information. The MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer.

Precautions for a MRI

There are certain conditions that may prevent you from having a MRI. Before the MRI, you will be required to answer and sign a MRI Safety Form.

Before Arriving

When scheduling your appointment we need to know if you have anything in or on your body that you were NOT BORN WITH. If so, please let us know what it is.

Implant documentation

When you come for your appointment, please bring with you documentation of any implants that you have, such as stents, heart valves, aneurysm clips, shunts and ports. 

Prescription and insurance information

HUMC Radiology requires you to bring your prescription, identification cards, insurance information and proof of address.

When You Arrive  

Be sure to arrive at the time you were given. This will ensure that we can help you with your registration and have you ready for your MRI exam on time. The MRI staff will go over all the MRI safety questions in detail with you as we prepare you for the exam.

Removing jewelry  

You will be asked to remove clothing and a hospital gown will be provided. You must also remove all jewelry to avoid interference with MRI imaging. A locker will be provided for you to secure all of your belongings.  

IV injection 

If your doctor ordered your MRI with contrast (dye), you will be given an IV in your arm before the MRI begins. We will inject the contrast dye through this IV.


You should continue your daily routine with any medications that you regularly take. 

Inform Your Doctor  

Before the MRI exam, tell your doctor and/or technologist if you: 

  • Are or might you be pregnant 

  • Are breastfeeding -  you should wait 48 hours after the test before breastfeeding your baby

  • Are allergic to any medications, including iodine 

  • Have diabetes or are on dialysis

  • Have a history of kidney problems, high blood pressure, liver disease or liver transplant

Preparation for Different MRI Exams

  • MR Enterography
    You must arrive 2 hours before your appointment to start drinking oral contrast and have an IV started.

  • MRCP
    Nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours before your MRI.

  • MR Urography
    Must arrive 1 hour before appointment to start drinking water and have IV started.

  • MRI Prostate Routine
    Our Radiologist must first review your prescription, recent pathology report and any previous Ultrasounds and MRI BEFORE the MRI appointment can be scheduled. Once our radiologist has reviewed the provided information and consulted with your doctor about any additional questions he may have, we will then schedule your appointment. Your doctor’s office can fax this information to the MRI scheduling fax number 551-996-5010.

  • MR Prostate Biopsy
    A routine MRI of the prostate must have been done first. If this MRI was done at an outside facility the images on film or CD must be brought to HUMC to be reviewed. Our Radiologist must first review your prescription, recent biopsy pathology reports and the routine MRI images BEFORE the MRI biopsy appointment can be scheduled. Your doctor’s office can fax this information to the MRI scheduling fax number 551-996-5010.

  • MRI Breast Routine
    You must already have had a mammography done and those films need to be reviewed by the breast radiologist here at the Hackensack University Breast Care Center.

  • MRI Breast Biopsy
    You must already have had a mammography and the films reviewed by the Hackensack Breast Care Center radiologist.

  • FETAL Accreta MRI
    The radiologist must first review the prescription and your most recent ultrasound BEFORE scheduling the MRI appointment. The prescription and the ultrasound reports can be faxed to 551-996-5010.  Once reviewed, we will schedule your appointment.

  • FUNCTIONAL MRI of the Brain
    You must be able to read and speak English in order for this MRI to be performed. The prescription and any prior imaging needs to be reviewed by our neuro-radiologist BEFORE making an appointment.

  • MRI Cardiac
    The radiologist must first review the prescription along with a recent EKG/ECHO and the requesting doctor’s consultation letter or history and physical BEFORE making an appointment.

When Do I Get the Results?

You can expect your physician to receive a written report within 3 to 5 working days.

About Our Staff and Equipment

Our radiology center is operated by radiologists who are certified by the American Board of Radiology. Our technologists are licensed by the State of New Jersey and are certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. With top-tier certifications and licenses given to its staff, our Radiology Department is able to provide quality services to patients in Northern New Jersey and beyond.

HUMC: A Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as the first-ever Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence Award recipient. This elite distinction recognizes HUMC’s excellence in diagnostic imaging. The award was presented to Harry Agress Jr., M.D., FACR, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Radiology and director of the PET/CT Center and Division of Nuclear Medicine, during ACR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 7 2013. As one of only two centers nationwide to receive this designation, Hackensack UMC stands as one of the most reputable medical centers in New Jersey and the greater northeastern region. 

Survey and Contact Information 

You may receive a survey by mail. We are asking for feedback on how we can improve our services and care. Please take a few minutes to reply. We would appreciate your input in order to provide the highest quality of care. If you have any questions about any procedures, please call our Radiology Department at 551-996-2245.

MRI Safety Questionnaire 

The next page is the actual MRI Safety Questionnaire that will be required to be completed on the day of your appointment. Our staff will sit with you and go over each item on the checklist. So please be sure you bring all your personal medical information with you to your appointment. (Implant ID cards/medical reports etc.)

Radiology Information Resource for Patients 

Please visit: www.radiologyinfo.org/en/photocat/gallery2.cfm?modal=MRI

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