MRI Scan - Magnetic Resonance Imaging in San Antonio, TX
Concord Imaging provides top quality MR images that makes it possible
to make more precise and accurate diagnoses. We do that through the quality
of the equipment and the knowledge and dedication of our MR technologist
and director of Operations, Edward R McMillan.
Edward is exceptionally patient and skilled in guiding his patients through
MRI exams, even those who are claustrophobic and have either had difficulty
or even failure with other centers. We can obtain much higher quality
exams in a much shorter time than typical “open” MRI’s
and patients and their physicians are happier with these results.
What Is a MRI Scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as MRI is a medical test that
aids physicians in diagnosis and treating medical conditions. This is
a noninvasive and typically painless test.
In contrast to the more common X-Ray that uses ionizing radiation, MRI
uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer. This enables
MRI to make very detailed pictures of bone, organs, soft tissues and any
other body structures. The physician can then view the pictures on the
computer for further evaluation.
How Is MRI Performed?
MRI test are typically done on an outpatient basis as they generally can
be completed under 30 minutes.
Patients are positioned on a moveable exam table. A coil containing small
components that send and receive radio waves may be placed around the
portion of the body being examined. If the patients particular procedure
requires a contrast dye then the MRI technologist will insert an IV line
into a vein in the hand or arm. The exam table will be gently moved into
the MRI machine and the technologist will go to an adjacent room where
they can perform the tests while watching the patient through a window.
The MRI technologist will be able to communicate with the patient through
a sound system at anytime. In addition, the patient will have headphones
and will be able to listen to the type of music of their choice throughout
Once the exam is completed the technologist may ask the patient to wait
while they check the images and determine if any additional pictures are
required. If the patient needed an IV it will then be removed.
How Should I Prepare for My MRI?
Patients should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change as they
may be asked to wear a gown for their procedure. You may also be asked
to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses or metal objects.
Your physician will give any special dietary or medication instructions
ahead of time if they are necessary.
The physician and or MRI technologist should be made aware of any serious
health problems or previous surgeries. The patient also should tell the
technologist of any allergies as they can then determine which contrast
dye is the safest for each patient. Patients must always notify the technologists
of any possibility of pregnancy.
- Intracranial Arteries (Head)
- Extracranial Arteries (Neck)
- Dural Sinuses & Veins (Head)
- Renal Artery
- Mesenteric Artery
- Celiac Axis
- Portal Vein - Inf. Vena Cava
- Aorta - Thoracic
- Aorta - Abdominal
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