Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fill out my forms before arriving at your office?
Yes. You may view and print your forms here. You do not have to fill the forms out prior to arrival, but you may if you wish.
What is magnetic resonance imaging?
Magnetic resonance imaging is a method used by physicians to look inside the human body and obtain anatomical and functional diagnostic information. Magnetic resonance imaging is also known as MR imaging, or simply, MRI.
How does MRI differ from other diagnostic procedures, like conventional x-ray, CT scanning, or nuclear medicine studies?
All diagnostic imaging procedures provide information about the form and / or function of the body. MR images typically contain greater information about the body's soft tissue than do other procedures. This means that MRI can provide highly detailed anatomical "snap shots" of the body. Additionally, the trained medical professionals responsible for acquiring MRI can easily produce MR images with varying contrast, showing many different planes of the body, and with functional information, such as blood flow.
How else is MRI different from other diagnostic procedures?
In contrast to x-ray, CT scanning and nuclear medicine, MRI provides diagnostic information without the use of x-ray radiation or radioactive substances. MRI is a non-invasive procedure, and there are no known side or after effects.
Specifically, what is MRI used for?
MRI is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation of the following conditions:
- Brain Disorders
- Spine Disease
- Tumor Detection
- Knee and Shoulder Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Eye Abnormalities
- Traumatic Injuries
- Liver and Other Abdominal Diseases
- Heat Malformations - Blood Flow and Vessel Disorders
How does MRI work?
MRI utilizes the physical properties of magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to generate images of the tissues within the body. MRI signals from the body are generated using a safe magnetic field in combination with radio waves of a specific frequency. The MRI signals are detected and converted to a form which the computer can understand. The computer processes the MRI signals from the body to form the MR images. Different tissue characteristics are revealed through this process and are thereby translated into different contrast levels on the MR images. The trained physician can then view the MR images and form a clinical diagnosis.
What does the patient experience when being imaged with MR?
The MRI procedure will typically last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of information required by the physician. To conduct the MR study, our technologist will assist you onto a padded, moveable scanning table. The table and you are positioned inside the opening of the MRI scanner. You are easily observed by our technologist throughout the study, and are able to speak with our technologist at any time. You are only required to remain as still as possible during the exam. During the scan, you will experience nothing unusual. A variety of sounds, such as humming and thumping noises (the scanning equipment functioning), will be heard as the scan progresses. This is normal, and a sign that the exam is proceeding as required. After the exam, you may resume all normal activities.
How do I prepare for an MR scan?
In the days before the MRI scan, you may follow all normal routines, such as eating and taking regular medication. Immediately prior to the MR scan, our technologist or your physician will provide an explanation of the MR process. You will be asked to remove any metal objects, such as jewelry or non-permanent dentures. Any metal objects might be attracted to the MR scanner's magnet, and thereby hinder the procedure. Bank cards and credit cards are also restricted from the scan room, as the magnetic field could erase the information contained on them. As a final precaution, you will be asked a series of questions to ensure the safety of any metal objects inside of you.
What Insurance do you accept?
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