Easy as an Open MRI

My 84 year-old mother slipped and fell the other day. At least I think she did. She was strangely reticent about telling me what happened but I could see she was favoring her left side. I started to make an appointment for the doctor but she stopped me.

‘”It’s really nothing. I’ll be fine in a few days. I’ll just rest up. I take enough pills as it is. Don’t need any more, for sure, so no appointment, please, ” she said somewhat stoically.

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SCHEDULE YOUR MRI WHEN YOU WANT!

When you choose A1 Medical Imaging to conduct your diagnostic tests, you have made a great decision. Not only do we offer comprehensive scanning, state of the art technology and highly trained technicians, A1 Medical Imaging also offers flexibility. We understand that your time is valuable, and so we work with you to ensure that we accommodate your schedule. We offer several different appointment times and locations. Once you have received a prescription from your doctor, you can choose to have your MRI performed when it is most convenient for you. Select from one of our 25  Diagnostic Centers in any of the states we service, which include Florida, Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma. If you are unsure of which site is closest to you, contact our home office or visit our Locations page to find the location nearest you.

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WHEN IS MRI USED FOR EVALUATION OF AUTO ACCIDENT VICTIMS?

Since a significant percentage of auto accident victims sustain injuries to the spine, muscles, joints, and tendons without sustaining fractures or internal bleeding, MRI is now often the first requested imaging evaluation for auto accident victims. MRI uses magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the human body without using x-ray radiation. MRI is superior to CT and X-ray for evaluation of the spine and for evaluation of muscles, tendons, and joints so MRI is ideal for evaluation of auto accident victims.
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UNREMARKABLE VS NORMAL IN A RADIOLOGY REPORT

The term “unremarkable” is a shortcut for the description of an imaging study or imaging finding.    The term “normal” is a complete evaluation.

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CT SCAN RADIATION DANGER

MRI, CT, X-RAYS, AND RADIATION EXPOSURE IN MEDICINE

The value and usage of MRI in medical care has continued to increase because of its ever increasing ability to safely study the human body and because MRI has continued to allow decreased usage of radiation producing medical tests such as x-rays, CT, and nuclear medicine studies.

MRI and CT are often considered to be competing with each other because they give sometimes similar highly detailed images of the human body. However CT produces images with x-ray radiation and is currently the single largest source of manmade radiation exposure. MRI uses no radiation.

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ADVANTAGE OF AN OPEN MRI

As a practicing Neuroradiologist with over 30 years experience in both the brain and spine, there are numerous patients who are unable to tolerate a “closed MRI” system. The MRI tube can be extremely uncomfortable for claustrophobic patients and may not fit obese or overweight individuals.

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