MRI / MRA Services

Our state-of-the-art MRI and MRA services are performed onsite in our new office. This technology provides the clearest and most precise image of brain, cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine in order to provide quick and accurate diagnosis. Unlike other imaging modalities that require the use of radiation, MRI uses a strong magnet field and radio waves to create an image and has no known harmful effects. Another type of MRI, Magnetic Resonance Angiogram is used to diagnose abnormalities in the arteries of the brain. This may be used in conjunction with an MRI for patients experiencing unexplained headaches and provides useful information regarding problems with the blood vessels that may be causing reduced blood flow. MRA imaging focuses on the head and neck.

FAQs

The machine measures the radio waves sent through your body by a strong magnetic field in order to create a picture of the inside of your body.

An MRI is the fastest, most accurate way for your doctor to detect abnormalities, including their location and what tissues are involved.

Most of the time, there is no need to restrict your diet or regular routine.  You can take regularly scheduled medications unless there are specific instructions.  If there is any need for further preparation, instructions will be given to you at the time of making your appointment. If you are claustrophobic, please speak with your physician. We do not offer sedatives onsite at the time of the appointment.

Yes, and your physician will go over all of these before making your appointment. Because the MRI machine uses a strong magnetic field, which will move objects made with iron or steel, let your doctor know if you have:

  • A pacemaker

  • Aneurysm clips

  • Cochlear implants

  • A neurostimulator (TENS unit)

  • Metal implants

  • Steel surgical staples or clips

  • An implanted drug infusion device

  • Any implant made partially or wholly of iron or steel

  • If you're pregnant, please let the doctor know.

  • Surgically removable piercings

No. Our MRI machine is privately owned by our physicians and is used for diagnosing the patients we treat. If you are needing a MRI for neurological symptoms, please make an appointment with one of our trained providers.

Our providers can offer a prescription for a medication used to help you relax before your appointment. In many cases, this is enough for most individuals to proceed with their MRI. Our office does not provide IV sedation to our patients.

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