Can I eat before an MRI?

What's an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It’s a big machine that helps doctors see inside your body without surgery!

Why the Question?

Before an MRI, doctors have specific rules about eating. Why? Because a full or empty stomach can affect the scan.

General Rule

Usually, it's okay to eat before most MRI scans. But, rules can change based on the type of MRI.


For some MRI tests, like those of your belly, you might need to stop eating a few hours before the scan.

Drinking water is usually fine. Staying hydrated is good, but always check with your doctor first!

Drinking Water

Always listen to your doctor’s advice. They will tell you exactly when to eat or not eat before your MRI.

Checking Instructions

Why Follow Rules?

Following these rules helps make sure your MRI images are clear and useful for your doctor.

Day of the MRI

On the day of your MRI, remember to follow all the instructions about eating and drinking.

It’s okay to feel a bit nervous. Remember, the MRI is a way to help keep you healthy!