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Title: MedCross Imaging - MRI


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MedCross Imaging LLC - MRI
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SUMMARY
  • MedCross Imaging MRI
  • PREPARING FOR AN MRI AT MEDCROSS IMAGING
  • MedCross Imaging - WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN
    MRI/MRA SCAN?

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MEDCROSS IMAGING MRI
The MedCross Imaging is proud to offer patients
and physicians GE 1.5T High-Field MRI. Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetism and radio
waves to produce remarkably clear pictures of
your head, spine, or other parts of your body. An
MRI scanner consists of a strong magnet with a
radio transmitter and receiver used to gather
information from inside your body. MRI produces
soft-tissue images and is used to distinguish
normal, healthy soft tissue from pathologic
tissue.
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Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a
technique for imaging vascular anatomy and
pathology that does not use ionizing radiation.
MRA is performed using magnetic resonance imaging
machines. The technical capabilities of MRA make
it most suitable for evaluation of
medium-to-large size vessels. Depending on what
information your doctor needs, the MR scan may
require the use of a contrast-agent given
intravenously to assist in visualization of
certain structures in your body. If you feel
anxious about your MR exam, please notify a staff
member so that we can arrange for medication to
allow you to relax during your exam.
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PREPARING FOR AN MRI AT MEDCROSS IMAGING
  • Please wear loose clothing without zippers or
    metallic parts and do not wear any jewelry. It
    is best to arrive 30 minutes before your
    scheduled appointment time to register, change
    clothes, if needed, and ask any questions about
    your exam. You will be asked to complete an MR
    safety screening form pertaining to your medical
    history, which your technologist will review with
    you prior to your scan.
  • Before your exam, you will be asked to remove
    all
  • jewelry
  • watches
  • hairpins
  • glasses
  • wallets
  • other metallic objects

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  • Diet Instructions for Special Exams
  • For special MRI exams like MRCP, MRAs of abdomen
    or renals, MRIs of the liver, pelvis and abdomen,
    you should not have anything to drink (including
    water) or eat four (4) hours prior to the exam.
  • Are you having an MRI that uses contrast
    enhancement? A new policy is in effect to
    pre-screen certain patients.Random 1 CERVICAL
    MRIweb
  • Effective June 19, 2011, patients who will be
    getting an MRI that includes an intravenous
    injection of a contrast agent called gadolinium
    may need to have a recent BUN/Creatinine test
    available for clinical review. Your provider may
    be asked to order this lab test for you, so that
    the results are available before your actual MRI
    scan.

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  • Who needs to be screened?
  • Patients with a history of
  • Renal disease (including solitary kidney, renal
    transplant, renal tumor)
  • Age gt60
  • History of Hypertension
  • History of Diabetes
  • History of severe hepatic disease/liver
    transplant/pending liver transplant. For patients
    in this category only, it is recommended that the
    patients GFR assessment be nearly
    contemporaneous with the MR examination for which
    the GBMCA is to be administered.
  • In addition, any patient who has a history of GFR
    that is under 40 (within the last 60 days) must
    have a GFR within 24 hours of the contrasted exam.

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MedCross Imaging - WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN MRI/MRA
SCAN?
The technologist will position you on the MRI
table, and the table will then slide into the
scanner. The MRI units feet-first functionality
allows your head to remain outside the magnet
bore during many exams with the exception of
head or neck scans of course. For clear
pictures, you will be asked to hold very still
and relax. In some cases, you will be asked to
hold your breath. Any movement, especially of
your head or back (even moving your jaw to talk)
during the scan will seriously blur the pictures
Having an MRI scan is quite simple. Depending on
the area being scanned, you may be asked to put
on a hospital gown. If it is needed, you may also
be injected with a special type of MRI dye that
enhances the image of the area being examined.
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With the assistance of an MRI technologist, you
will be positioned on a padded table. The table
will then move smoothly into the magnet opening.
You wont feel anything, but will hear a noise as
the images are acquired (earplugs are provided).
The intercom system allows you to converse with
the technologist who will let you know how the
scan is progressing. Most exams are completed
within 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of
study performed. You are welcome to have an adult
family member or friend stay with you during the
scan.
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For more information about MedCross Imaging LLC
visit us on http//medcrossimagingllc.com/
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