1. What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging utilizes field and radio wave signals to obtain detailed anatomical images of organs, structures and soft tissue within the body without the use of radiation. This assists your physician in more accurate diagnosis for a wide range of conditions and in some cases may reduce the need for exploratory surgery or more invasive procedures. Your procedure may take 30- 45 minutes depending on the type of scan.
2. What is a CT/CAT Scan?
A CT Scan uses special X-ray equipment to gather image data from different angles around the area of your body being scanned, then uses computer processing of the information to create “cross section” views of tissues and organ systems. Many different diagnostic images can be generated from these views. The exam only lasts 5-7 minutes with a low-dose radiation procedure. Palms Diagnostic Imaging Center has the best NEW machine available: 16-slice CT Scan with radiation dose reduction by Hitachi capable of withholding 495 lbs.
3. How should I prepare for the diagnostic test my doctor has ordered?
With MRI there is no preparation. You may continue your medication and enjoy your meals. Dress comfortably and try to avoid wearing clothing with any metal.
With CT Scan you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything for an hour or longer before the exam. In most cases, a ‘contrast material’ will be required to enhance the visualization of tissues and organs. The contrast material may be swallowed, given in the form of an enema, or injected into the vein. Your physician will recommend the best procedure.
4. Why should I select an MRI High-field (1.5 Tesla) wide-bore facility?
A 70cm wide-bore MRI machine will reduce anxiety levels for patients who have a difficult time going into small or tight spaces (claustrophobic). Our extra wide 70 cm wide-bore adds more space for patient comfort, At the table surface with different cushion densities and designed to alleviate pressure points, our coil array that offers feet-first imaging for all exam types and the table accommodates patients up to 500 pounds. Our large, spacious Caring MRI Suite was build for you with our new state-art-the-art diagnostic imaging center with our state of the art Acoustic and Video Ceiling Units offers a soft Sound Gradient System, which provides quieter experience.
5. Do you accept my insurance?
The owners at Palms Diagnostic Imaging Center have experience in contracting insurances. We are always up to date with new insurance laws, PIP laws, along with new insurances that come onto the market. We are a Medicare provider with an extensive list of Medicare Advantage Plans. We welcome Auto Accident, Personal Injury, Workers Comp. Patients as well as MOST PPO's and HMO's.
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