Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Dana

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Patient Instructions
What It Is
 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical test that helps doctors diagnose and treat
medical conditions.
 MRI uses a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce pictures of organs,
soft tissues, bone, and other internal body structures.
 MRI does not use radiation (X-rays).
 MRI creates images that let doctors better see various parts of the body. This helps find changes
in your body that may not be seen with other imaging methods, such as X-ray, ultrasound, or CT
(computed tomography) scan.
How to Prepare
 Please arrive at your appointment time. If you are unable to arrive at your appointment time,
we may need to reschedule your exam.
 If you have an allergy to MRI contrast agents, contact your physician in advance to prescribe
appropriate pre-medication for your MRI.
 If you have any devices implanted in your body, bring documentation with you.
 If you are scheduled for an MRCP, do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to your MRI
appointment.
 If an MRI patient coordinator does not contact you for pre-screening, please call 617-632-3004.
What to Expect
 You may be required to have blood work to check renal function prior to your MRI.
 You will check in for your MRI in the Dana building on level L1 or floor 3. Check your
appointment sheet next to “Radiology Provider” to see where you should check in:
o 1.5T is located on level L1 in the Dana building
o 3T is located on the third floor in the Dana building
How to Find Us
MRI has two locations in Dana-Farber’s Dana building: level L1 and floor 3. To get to level L1 or floor 3
from Dana-Farber’s parking garage or any floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, please use one of
these route options.
A. MRI on floor 3, option 1:
1. From the third floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, cross the PMC Bridge to reach
the Dana building.
2. Turn left at the end of the PMC Bridge and follow signs to the third floor MRI check-in area.
B. MRI on floor 3, option 2 (unavailable on Saturdays):
1. From level P2 of the parking garage, walk through the Tomsich Family Gallery (Gene
Display) to reach the Dana building.
2. Follow signs to the Dana building elevators and take an elevator up to floor 3. Then follow
signs to the third floor MRI check-in area.
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C. MRI on level L1, option 1:
1. From the third floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, cross the PMC Bridge to reach
the Dana building.
2. Take a Dana building elevator down to level L1 and follow the signs to the MRI Suite
D. MRI on level L1, option 2 (unavailable on Saturdays):
1. From level P2 of the parking garage, walk through the Tomsich Family Gallery (gene
display) to reach the Dana building.
2. Follow signs to the Dana building elevators and take an elevator up to level L1. Then follow
the signs to the MRI Suite.
For driving directions to Dana-Farber, visit www.dana-farber.org/directions or call 617-632-3400.
Questions?
To cancel your appointment or get answers to a question, call the location of your scheduled
appointment:
 1.5T: L1 Imaging reception desk, 617-632-3004. Open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 3T: Dana 3 Imaging reception desk, 617-632-3950. Open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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