MRI How should I prepare for my test? When you go for your appointment, consider wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants or other clothing that does not have zippers or metal fasteners, since these interfere with MRI scans. Also, please plan to arrive and check in with the receptionist 15 minutes before your appointment is scheduled. The Imaging department at RGHS has two MRI systems. Although both systems are designed for patient comfort, any scan can cause some anxiety, so be sure to let us know if you think you may be claustrophobic. The physician may want to prescribe a sedative, and the exam will likely be scheduled on the MRI system with the wider patient opening. You will have the option of listening to a tape or CD during the exam, so feel free to bring a favorite recording along, or make your selection from a variety available in the facility.