:: Volunteers ::
Preparation for your MRI scanThe MR
procedure typically takes from one to two hours. During this time you
will need to remain still on a comfortable padded table that goes into a
large tube inside the imaging magnet. Because of the very strong
magnetic field, you must not bring any metal into the MRI. If you
have a pacemaker you will not be able to participate. If
you have any metal plates or pins it is important that you tell the
operator before you enter the magnet. For your comfort, we
suggest the following:
If, for any reason, you are unable to make
your appointment, please do us the favour of letting us know as soon as
possible. Please call reception on (03) 9496 4076. If your scan is
today, and your call is answered by a machine, please leave a message
and then also try the direct line to the MR suite on (03) 9496 4380.
- 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
jewellery 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 or 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 BRI MRI lab is set up so,
where appropriate, you can listen to a CD or watch a video during
much of the scan.
- Very rarely, people feel
uncomfortable, or claustrophobic, as a result of lying inside the
magnet bore. If you are concerned that this might be the case for
you, please tell the investigator requesting your participation. In
the vast majority of cases, watching a video or listening to a CD is
Informed consent form and further information
Please note that prior to participating in a study, you must read and
understand a supplied information sheet and then consent to the study
and MR procedure. See the links below for an example information sheet
and informed consent forms:
Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf):
Example information sheet
informed consent form
Get a picture of your own Brain!
Many volunteers have expressed interest in
seeing the features of their own brain. Upon request, we give each of
our volunteers a picture of their own brain as a way of saying thank you
Thank you for your willingness to participate.