MRI

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Dr. Robert Stuckey


MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

 

State of the Art Technology – 1.5 Tesla GE Wide Bore MRI Scanners

We are proud to provide the very latest in imaging technology and the most advanced equipment in the region. This allows us to accurately diagnose an array of clinical conditions and help guide your treatment.

 


ACCREDITATION

Several of Baptist Health MRI facilities are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.

What MRI Accreditation Means

To achieve ACR accreditation, the facility and interpreting Radiologic Physicians submit to a rigorous review process, as well as meeting nationally accepted standards of excellence. Accreditation affirms our commitment to providing the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

 


WHAT IS A MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. That is why MRI machines are commonly known as “magnets.”

 


HOW DOES A MRI WORK?

Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce very faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images — like slices in a loaf of bread.

 


WHY GET AN MRI?

MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. MRI also may show problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.

 


TYPES OF MRIs RADIOLOGY CONSULTANTS OFFERS

  • Abdomen and Pelvis – Detect problems, such as tumors, bleeding and infection in organs and structures in stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. In women, it can look at the uterus and ovaries. In men, it looks at the prostate.
  • Blood Vessels – MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) – Using MRI to look at blood vessels and the flow of blood through them
  • Bones and joints – Detect arthritis, bone marrow problems, bone tumors, torn ligaments and tendons, as well as joint problems
  • Breast – Detect and help stage breast cancer. We also offer MRI-guided breast biopsy and needle localization.
  • Head – Detect tumors and bleeding in brain, aneurysm, nerve injury damage from stroke, optic nerve damage and damage to auditory nerves
  • Prostate – Used to identify the presence of prostate cancer.
  • Spine – MRI can check the discs and nerves of the spine for conditions such as spinal stenosis, disc bulges and spinal tumors.

 

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PREPARING FOR YOUR MRI

There are generally no special preparations or dietary instructions you need to follow before most exams. However, we do recommend:

  • Food and Drinks: Eat normally, but limit liquids such as coffee and other caffeinated beverages, as you will be required to lie still during the exam.
  • Medication: Take medications as directed unless otherwise instructed
  • Metal and Jewelry: Remove or leave at home all metal, including jewelry, hairpins and watches. A secure locker is provided for personal articles.
  • Make-Up: Avoid wearing make-up and hairspray, especially if you are having an MRI or MRA of the brain or eye area.
  • Previous Scans: Bring any prior studies (MRI, CT, x-ray, ultrasound) of the same body part being scanned.
  • Special Instructions: If required, any special instructions will be provided when your appointment is scheduled.

 


WHAT TO BRING

At the time of your visit, you will be asked to provide:

  • Proof of insurance
  • Photo identification
  • Prescription or order
  • Any prior studies (MRI, CT, x-ray, ultrasound) of the same area of the body being scanned

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

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  1. When you arrive, our receptionist will greet you, take a short background history, and answer any questions. Be sure to let us know if you have a pacemaker or any other implanted devices in your body.
  2. You’ll then change into hospital scrubs and store your possessions in a locker. Meanwhile, any friend or family member who has accompanied you will be made comfortable in our guest waiting room.
  3. A Technologist will thoroughly review and discuss the screening information that you filled out to ensure that you can safely receive an MRI.
  4. During the study, we can see and hear you at all times. A qualified Technologist is in touch with you throughout the entire procedure.
  5. During the study, you can talk with us, but don’t move … we want your image to be perfect!
  6. “What is that sound?” While in the MRI, you will hear a drumming noise. It is normal and part of what makes MRI work. You will be given earplugs to protect your ears from the noise.

 


HOW DO I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

A Radiology Consultants physician, an MRI specialist, provides your referring Physician with an interpretation of your MRI. Your Physician can then explain the findings to you in terms of your health and treatment.

 


WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?

You will receive two bills – one from Baptist Health Medical Center for the MRI scan, and one from Radiology Consultants for professional interpretation of the scan.

Please feel free to discuss any billing questions with our receptionist. Or call us if there is any confusion.

If you need to come back at a later date and pick up films, please give us 45 minutes notice so you won’t have to wait.

*Please bring your Insurance Card with you*

Radiology Consultants will file all insurance as a courtesy to you. Depending on the Contractual Agreement with your Insurance Company, you may owe a co-payment and/or deductible at the time of service.

Please visit our BILLING PAGE for specific information on Insurance, Self-Pay, Motor Vehicle Accident, Cash, Debit or Major Credit Card payment options.


ARE YOU PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING?

Important…

Please notify the Radiologic Physician and/or Technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant.  MRI is not known to be harmful to an unborn child, but research continues on this subject. Also, the intravenous contrast agent, Gadolinium, used in some MRI procedures, is not recommended for administration to pregnant or breast-feeding patients (See Note Below).

NOTE:  Breast-Feeding, MRI & Gadolinium:

Because of the very small percentage of gadolinium-based contrast medium that is excreted into the breast milk and absorbed by the infant’s gut, we believe that the available data suggest that it is safe for the mother and infant to continue breast-feeding after receiving such an agent (6).

Ultimately, an informed decision to temporarily stop breast-feeding should be left up to the mother after these facts are communicated. If the mother remains concerned about any potential ill effects to the infant, she may abstain from breast-feeding from the time of contrast administration for a period of 24 hours. There is no value to stop breast feeding beyond 24 hours. The mother should be told to express and discard breast milk form both breast after contrast administration until breast feeding resumes. In anticipation of this, she may wish to use a breast pump to obtain milk before the contrast-enhanced study to feed the infant during the 24-hour period following the examination.

 

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Source: American College of Radiology
Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology