What is an M.R.I.?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (M.R.I.) is a sophisticated diagnostic technique which produces high resolution images of the inside of the body, without the use of x-rays. Instead, M.R.I. employs a magnetic field and radio frequency waves to image bone and various soft tissues such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
Our M.R.I. system is an "open air" style scanner - one of the most advanced designs in the industry. As a result of this innovative design, patient comfort is greatly enhanced when compared to a traditional "tube style" M.R.I. system. While patient claustrophobia is minimized, diagnostic accuracy is maximized.
What is a Bone Density Machine?
The Bone Density machine is a non-invasive, extremely accurate method of determining the amount of calcium lost from your bones. This loss of calcium directly relates to the fragility of your bones and your chances of sustaining a bone fracture.
What does the patient experience when being imaged with M.R.?
The M.R.I. procedure will typically last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of information required by the physician. To conduct the M.R. study, a technologist will assist the patient onto a padded, moveable scanning table. The table and patient are positioned inside the opening of the M.R.I. scanner. The patient is easily observed by the technologist throughout the study, and is able to speak with the technologist at any time. The patient is only required to remain as still as possible during the exam. During the scan, the patient experiences nothing unusual except a variety of sounds, such as humming and thumping noises. After the exam, the patient may resume all normal activities.
How does a patient prepare for an M.R. scan?
In the days before the M.R.I. scan, a patient may follow all normal routines, such as eating and taking regular medication. Immediately prior to the M.R. scan, the technologist or physician will provide an explanation of the M.R. process. The patient is asked to remove any metal objects, such as jewelry or non-permanent dentures. Bank cards and credit cards are also restricted from the scan room, as the magnetic field could erase the information contained on them. As a final precaution, the patient will be asked a series of questions to insure that there are no metal or electrical objects inside the patient.
How should I prepare for the CT scan?
You should wear comfortable, loose fitting, metal free clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications your are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials. Also inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid problems or any recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
Is a Bone Density procedure painful?
No-there is nothing felt with this test.
Is there any special preparation for a Bone Density test?
No-except no x-ray barium studies or nuclear medicine scans should be performed one week prior to a Bone Density test.
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