MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Focusing on patient care, we keep up with the latest advancements, including finalizing our MRI precertification process. This is key, as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, employs a magnetic field and complex computer systems to create clear and detailed images of the body. In orthopedics, we use MRI for high-quality images of soft-tissue areas, such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Our MRI machine produces very clear images of the extremities, including the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot, and ankle.

Additionally, MRIs can help provide information for a fast and accurate diagnosis and possibly reduce the need for exploratory surgery or other diagnostic procedures. Our MRI machine was designed with your comfort in mind by providing spacious, stress-free accommodations for claustrophobic or larger patients.

About Our MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging is much quicker than you might think, especially with our new Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T BlueSeal MRI. It has a wide opening, so it’s much less confining than older MRI systems and a lot more comfortable for more patients. Since it is fast and accurate, your exam will be completed quickly, and you may not need any follow-up scans.

Our new MRI system is not only minimally invasive but also minimally intimidating. The open system allows us to image patients of varying sizes, ages, and physical conditions. The Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T BlueSeal MRI is also the first-ever digital broadband MRI scanner with a truly unique patient experience. 

This revolutionary system delivers superb image resolution, fast exams, and a first-of-its-kind audio and visual component. It creates a soothing ambiance with ambient lighting. The in-bore experience is enhanced through audio and visual features like ComforTone, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation during your scan.
 

MRI photo

What to Expect

For the majority of MRI exams, no special preparation is necessary. However, specific exams might require fasting for 4 to 12 hours prior. Some exams may involve swallowing a fluid or receiving an injection for better visibility. Guidelines vary depending on the exam. Removing all metal items, like earrings and watches, is crucial, and you may be asked to wear a gown or loose-fitting clothing without metal fasteners, zippers, or buttons during the procedure.

MRIs do not use harmful radiation and do not pose known health risks. For most patients, MRI studies are low-risk procedures. Throughout the procedure, you'll stay in touch with our technologists via intercom, even when they're not in the MRI room. In some cases, a family member can join you during the scan.

MRI may not be suitable for everyone. Inform your doctor if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips in your brain, a shunt with telesensor, inner ear implants, metal fragments in your eyes, or implanted spinal cord stimulators or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Benefits

Discover exceptional imaging capabilities with the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T BlueSeal MRI. Our new MRI offers:

  • Appointment scheduling within 2 to 3 weeks
  • More versatility for a variety of medical conditions
  • More comfortable experience with a wide-bore opening
  • Greater accuracy (less likely to require a repeat scan)
  • A preferred choice for diagnostic imaging exams

Referring Providers

Our practice invites and appreciates outside referrals! If your patient is in need of expert care, we can schedule them to be seen within 2 to 3 weeks. To make the process quicker and easier, we also offer MRI precertifications. Our MRI referral sheet helps you get your patients on their way to our dedicated providers.

MRI Referral Sheet

To learn more about our MRI services or for specific questions about your MRI appointment, please call (270) 926-4100.