What should I know about radiation safety?

Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:

  • Why is the test needed?
  • How will having the test improve my care?
  • Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
  • Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
  • Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?

When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

What does ACR accreditation mean?

  • Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
  • Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform mdical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

What does the gold seal mean?

When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians

How is an MRI different from a CT?

MRI does not use ionizing (x-ray) radiation. Instead, MR creates high-quality images through the combination of a strong magnetic field and radio waves. MRI can detect certain diseases much earlier than other medical imaging techniques can, making it the diagnostic tool of choice for many physicians.

How long does a MRI scan take?

The length of the exam depends on the type of study being performed.

The length of the exam depends on the type of study being performed.

  • MRI of the Brain … 20-45 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Orbits … 20-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the TMJ … 45-60 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Soft Tissue Neck … 25-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Cervical Spine … 20-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Upper Extremity … 20-45 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Thoracic Spine … 25-45 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Chest … 25-45 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Abdomen … 25-45 minute scan time.
  • MRI MRCP … 50-60 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Lumbar Spine … 20-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Pelvis … 20-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI of the Lower Extremity … 20-35 minute scan time.
  • MRI Run Off … 50-60 minute scan time.
  • MRI Arthrogram … 30-60 minute scan time.

Are there any restrictions with the MRI exam?

Yes. 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 neuro-stimulator (Tens-unit)
  • Metal implants
  • Steel surgical staples or clips
  • An implanted drug infusion device
  • Any implant made partially or wholly of iron or steel

Also, if you’re pregnant, let the doctor know.

Even metal objects not made of iron or steel can interfere with the exam – so don’t bring any of the following into the examination room (a secure place to store your valuables will be provided):

  • Coins
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Keys
  • Dentures or partial plates
  • Hearing aids

Magnetic waves can also erase the code on bank cards and credit cards, so don’t bring your credit or bank cards into the MRI examination room.  They should be stored in the locked change room we provide to you.

Last of all, you will be asked to change into scrubs that we will provide for your comfort and convenience during the examination.

When and from whom will I get my results?

Your referring physician will receive a faxed report within 24 hours of your exam. Your physician may be able to access the images “on line” via the internet immediately after your exam. You can make an appointment with your referring physician to go over your results.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash, and Debit card.

What Insurance you accept?

Below are the list of Insurances we accept currently. We are consistently working on to add more insurance in our network, please check back or call our facility at (770) 299-1332 to confirm.

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • One Call
  • Spreemo