Imaging Research Center
For Research Participants

For Research Participants

Preparing for your Research MRI

Since the MRI scanner is a large magnet, you will be asked to change into MRI approved, metal free garments. All metal and magnetic objects must be kept outside the room, including keys, jewelry, credit cards, pagers, cell phones, and portable computers. A personal locker will be provided for these items.

Why are MRI scans so loud?

Learn more about the sounds associated with MRIs and listen to examples of the loud noises you may hear during the MRI.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Depending on the research study you are participating in, the study may also involve additional requirements. Please contact the study coordinator for details regarding:

  • IV contrast dye or oral contrast administration
  • Fasting requirements
  • Breathing in special gases during the scan
  • Performing exercises or other tasks during the scan

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

Learn more about MRIs, including what to expect before you arrive and after the MRI.


For general questions about the MRI you can email or call the IRC MRI technologists at

For study-related questions, please contact the coordinator for the research study you are participating in.