Clinical Patient Information

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Where to go:

The Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) is located in the David C. Phillips Communication Sciences Building on the University of Connecticut-Storrs south campus. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. There is dedicated parking in the circular parking lot, but if there is not an open space we will provide you with a temporary parking pass. Please enter through the main entrance and follow the signs to the Brain Imaging Research Center.

What to bring:

Please bring your insurance card and a picture form of ID (driver’s license, government issued ID, passport.) If you were given a paper order for your MRI by your doctor, please bring that with you.

How to dress:

We suggest wearing loose fitting clothing without metal, preferably cotton. Any anti-microbial clothing will need to be removed. We do have scrubs available if needed. All body piercings should be removed. Lockers are available to secure your belongings.

What to expect:

When you arrive at BIRC, you will be greeted by one of our staff members who will need to confirm your information using your name, date of birth, and picture ID. You will complete an electronic version of our metal screening form before you are brought into the MRI area. Please note: minors (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Once the technologist reviews your metal screening form, you will be brought into the scanner room for your examination. Our goal is to provide you with high quality images, and that can be accomplished only when you are able to lie perfectly still during the scans. Please let us know if you are uncomfortable before we begin the examination, and we will work with you to get you as comfortable as possible.

If you would like to virtually experience your MRI, you can download The MRI Scan Experience app for android devices and iPads.

Important: BIRC staff cannot provide any medication for pain or anxiety. Please contact your doctor at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment if you have any concerns about being able to tolerate the examination.

After your scan:

Your images will be reviewed by a radiologist, and a report will be sent to your ordering physician. The BIRC staff is unable to provide any results immediately after your examination.