MRI with Sedation

What is I.V. Sedation?

I.V. Sedation is given to our patients by a board-certified anesthesiologist to help them remain still and relaxed during an MRI scan. Lying still is critical to ensuring that the MRI pictures taken will be accurate and clear. Before the scan, the anesthesiologist will put you into a very light sedated state to help alleviate any fear or anxiety. The anesthesiologist or CRNA supervised by an anesthesiologist will monitor you before, during, and after the MRI study.

Who might have an MRI with anesthesia?
Patients with certain conditions that may prevent them from staying still in the MRI machine, such as claustrophobia, anxiety, or any condition that causes physical pain, may qualify for an MRI with sedation.

What medications are used?
Propofol or Versed will be given through an I.V. to induce conscious sedation. These medications have a short duration of action and a rapid recovery time. They can be safely administered to ensure you remain sedated during the entire MRI study.

How will I feel after the MRI scan?
Most patients are awake, alert, and ready for discharge within 30 minutes after the MRI scan is completed. Some patients may feel drowsy and relaxed throughout the day, and some may wake up feeling irritable due to the amnestic nature of the anesthesia medications. 

Note. Need to include no driving and no alcohol for 24hrs

How do I prepare for I.V. Sedation?

  • 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 six (6) hours before the scheduled MRI appointment. May have a sip of water with medication up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled MRI. 

  • Dress in comfortable clothing with no metal detailing (no metal snaps, zippers, jewelry, etc.). Wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants is suggested.

  • Arrive one (1) hour before 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 your medical eligibility for this procedure. Below is a list of the information we will need from you right away to ensure that your MRI scan is performed as scheduled.

Please obtain 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



Our mission at NY Imaging Specialists is to provide the highest-quality advanced imaging in a patient-centered and compassionate environment, with the comfort and convenience of being close to home.

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