MRI Patient/Subject Information
Please read this prior to your visit to the UCLA Brain Mapping MRI Lab
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The UCLA Brain Mapping MRI Lab is located at 660 Charles Young Drive South (formerly Circle Drive South), on the UCLA campus. The map at right shows you how to reach the lab:
Preparation for your MRI scan
The MR procedure typically takes from one to two hours. During this period you must remain still on a comfortable padded table that goes inside of a large tube that is the imaging magnet. Because of the powerful magnetic field, you must not bring any metal into the instrument. For your comfort, we suggest the following:
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable, clothing. Sweat pants and sweat shirt are ideal, as they have no metal zippers or other fittings.
- Bring only the minimum number jewelry items (watches, rings, earrings, etc.), as all of these must be removed prior to scanning.
- In rare cases, certain types of eye makeup - especially eye liners - may cause problems with the MR images. You may wish to come without makeup to avoid having to remove it for the scan.
- For several hours, avoid drinking coffee and other diuretics that may require you to urinate often, as you will generally not be able to use the restroom for the duration of the scan.
- The UCLA Brain Mapping MRI Lab has the somewhat unusual feature, that you may be able to watch videos of your choosing, or listen to music, during much of the scan. Feel free to bring your own video, CD, or tape.
- Please read the patient screening form carefully before coming, and fill in the information wherever you are able. Please also read the informed consent, but do not sign it until you have spoken with the investigator requesting your participation.
- Very rarely, people feel uncomfortable, or claustrophobic, as a result of lying inside of the magnet bore. If you are concerned that this may be the case for you, please tell the investigator requesting your participation. In the vast majority of cases, relaxing and watching a video is very comforting.
If, for any reason, you are unable to make your appointment, please do us the favor of letting us know as soon as possible. The telephone number at the scanner is (310) 825-9142.
Thanks for your willingness to participate.
Please note that you will be asked to sign an informed consent, a neurological screening questionnaire and a safety screen, in addition to other questions (as described in the informed consent materials.)