Frequently Asked Questions

 

What should I keep in mind before my MRI?

Our center provides soothing music to enjoy, or you may simply relax while with us. You should plan to bring films from any prior MRI exams for the radiologist.

For the exam itself, you will take off your watch and jewelry as well as anything metal. You should also let us know if you have a pacemaker or any other metal implants in your body. The technologist will help you remember to remove belongings that might interfere with your imaging. Please leave any valuables at home.

What should I expect during my MRI?

You will be asked to relax—that’s it! You can lie quietly, talk or listen to music. During the procedure, you will hear some clicks, but you will not feel anything.

Can I receive a copy of my imaging study?

Yes! Our digital images make it quick and easy for us to share images with you, your referring physician or another physician for a second opinion.

How does my referring physician receive a copy of my imaging study?

Our advanced technology gives your physician immediate access to digital images through a secured physician portal. We upload images and reports as soon as they are done, so your physician can evaluate them right away.

What if I have a pacemaker or metal in my body?

Inform your technologist or radiologist before you arrive if you have any metal in your body. If you have a pacemaker, some procedures might not be recommended for you. Sometimes having metal in your body is safe during the procedure; it simply impacts how the radiologist will interpret the image. Your doctor and technologist know how to find the safest way for you to get precise images.

Can I have an imaging study performed if I’m pregnant?

If you suspect you are pregnant, inform the technologist and radiologist right away. Some imaging procedures may be safer than others during pregnancy.

Do you provide sedation for people who have severe claustrophobia?

One of our primary goals is your comfort during your procedure. If severe claustrophobia interferes with your ability to undergo imaging, your doctor may prescribe medication to help.

Do you need a bone density scan?

Knowing your bone density is a way to prevent further bone loss and damage to weakened bones. Many factors may lead to bone loss: age, menopause and certain diseases like osteoarthritis.  Those who are more at risk include:

  • Men and women who have osteoporosis
  • Pre-menopausal and menopausal women
  • Men and women who have or had bone or spinal fractures
  • Women who have hyperthyroidism

Bone density scans are painless, safe and reliable 20-minute tests, which are covered by most major health plans. There are no preparations to do the night before or the morning of the test; and there is no need to undress during the test.

Your bone density testing should begin at age 50 or younger if you have fractures.

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