Park Meadows Imaging, located in the Lone Tree Medical Centre, offers sophisticated diagnostic imaging, such as digital x-rays, MRI, CAT scan, and DEXA bone densitometry. If one of these diagnostic tests is required as part of your treatment plan, having them here under one roof provides the utmost in speed and convenience for you.
Park Meadows Imaging features open MRI. Open MRI has become the best option for those patients who are claustrophobic or, for health related reasons, are not able to receive this type of diagnostic test. The difference between an open MRI and a traditional MRI is primarily configuration.
Traditional MRI systems are usually noisy. During the exam, patients may feel claustrophobic because they must lie still inside an enclosed tube in a traditional MRI. The basic technology of an open MRI is similar to that of a traditional MRI. The major difference for the patient is that, instead of lying in a narrow, tube-shaped structure, the patient lies on a cushioned imaging table with more space around the body. Just above the patient is a large, round mechanism from which electromagnetic waves are transmitted. Like the traditional MRI, an open MRI is also painless and does not use ionizing radiation. Pre-testing preparation is the same for both MRI scans. Physician recommendation is necessary for some open MRI procedures.
The MRI technologist will assist you with proper positioning for the MRI scan because you must remain motionless for extended periods of time. If you have difficulty remaining in one position for an extended period of time, please discuss options for physical comfort directly with your treating physician. Depending on the type of MRI equipment and the type of scan you are having performed, part or all of your body may be positioned inside the scanner. If you have difficulty with closed or confined spaces, please discuss your concerns with your doctor.
During your MRI, you will hear sounds similar to a loud bang or a loud knock. You will be provided with earplugs or headphones to help minimize this noise. You will be able to talk to the technologist throughout the exam, and every effort will be made to assure your comfort and safety.
You cannot have a MRI scan if you have any of the following:
There are other conditions which may contraindicate having an MRI performed, such as pregnancy and/or the presence of other types of metal in your body. Make sure that you inform your physician immediately if any of the above conditions are present or if you have any other questions or concerns.
Certain types of MRI scans require the use of a contrast agent. The contrast is administered intravenously (through an IV). Please inform your physician and the MRI staff if you have ever had an adverse reaction to any contrast media.
Information to Help You Prepare for Your MRI
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