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GE Signa 1.5 Short Bore MRI

GE 1.5 HiSpeed Horizon LX MRI  Short Bore Scanner

Advanced Radiology was the first facility in Columbia to obtain accreditation by ACR, the American College of Radiology, a “quality control” organization that evaluates technological equipment in hospitals and outpatient centers nationwide to determine if they qualify for a certain set of elite standards mandated by medical physicists and scientists.

ACR accreditation assures that you are getting high quality images from our GE 1.5 HiSpeed Horizon LX MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) equipment. Our MRI is patient friendly with a shorter length and wider opening than traditional units which helps eliminate claustrophobic sensations. ACR accreditation ensures accurate results for all of our patients.

MRI scanning uses a magnetic field/radio waves to differentiate body tissues and types. Each type of tissue bone, muscle, ligament etc., responds uniquely to the radio frequency pulse administered. The MRI system converts these differences into a computerized image and the result is a clear detailed picture of thee area of interest.

 

Are we imaging your entire body?How long will the exam take?Do I need to bring anything?What does using contrast mean?Must I hold still during scanning?
Are we imaging your entire body?
Your physician sends a script (order) to us for a particular concern. For instance if you are having headaches, your physician may order an MRI/MAA to evaulate an area of the brain. They send Advanced Radiology an order requesting an MRI of the brain and we only image that particular part of your body. 
How long will the exam take?
Most procedures completed in the MRI at Advanced Radiology take approximately 30 minutes. However, depending on the procedure or the use of contrast it can take up to an hour and a half.
Do I need to bring anything?
It is helpful if you bring any prior MRI’s, CT’s, or x-ray scans of the area that we will be scanning. Those films will be reviewed by the radiologists and compared with your new MRI films.
What does using contrast mean?
Some types of MRI scans require the use of a safe paramagnetic agent or contrast media. The contrast is used to highlight certain body parts and is given intravenously before the exam. Allergic reactions to the paramagnetic agent are unlikely but all patients are screened for allergies to the contrast before it is administered.

If you are asked to take the contrast before you test, please tell your doctor or the technologist if you have any of the following:

– If you have asthma or other allergic respiratory disorders
– If you have anemia or diseases that affect red blood cells
– If you are breast feeding
– If you are pregnant or think you might be
Must I hold still during scanning?
Yes, it is very important for image clarity. If you would like, the technologist can instruct you when you may move between scans.

The MRI machine cannot examine you if you have any of the following:

– A pacemaker
– Certain aneurysm clips in the brain
– Ear implants
– Metal fragments in one or both eyes
– Implant spinal cord stimulator

If you have any of the above items, please contact the center before you arrive. Some of the above items may be permissible, however it is important to screen for these items. Call Advanced Radiology Osage Beach with any questions at: 573-746-7010