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Imaging FAQs

Q. When will the MRI Report be available to view on the portal?
A. After 14 days

Q. How do I schedule an appointment?
A. MRI appointments may be scheduled or reschedule by calling- MRI Scheduling department at 678-985-7180 from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Q. How do I cancel an MRI appointment?
A. After 5pm and during weekends, call the your MRI location

Q. Will there be pain associated with the MRI?
A. MRI exams should cause no pain, but since the patient remain motionless for 30 -60 minutes of time there may be some minor discomfort. Patient may feel warmth in the scanner . If this become uncomfortable the patient should inform the technologist immediately.

Q. Why should patient arrive early before the MRI appointment?
A. To allow enough time to complete paperwork and prepare for the exam

Q. If you still have questions concerning MRI?
 Please contact the MRI Department at 678-985-7180

Q. Why do I need an x-ray?
A. Procedures that use radiation are necessary for accurate diagnosis of disease and injury. Technologists performing these procedures are trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary for the procedure. Benefits from the medical procedure greatly outweigh any potential small risk of harm from the amount of radiation used. Your provider needs to see where your pain could be coming from.

Q. What are x-rays and what do they do?
A. X-rays are forms of radiant energy, like light or radio waves. X-rays can penetrate the body, which allows your doctor to see pictures of your internal structures. Our providers are able to see these pictures on their computers. X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

Q. Can radiation exposure be safe?
A. Yes. Radiatition exposure that leads to small radiation doses for our bodies is safe. There has been no evidence of illness or increased cancer risk from small radiation doses that are similar to the amounts we receive from routine x-ray procedures. We can compare the radiation from one back x-ray as equivalent to the amount of radiation exposure from our natural surroundings in 10 days.

Q. Is there radiation outside the medical field? 
A. Yes, there is radiation all around us in everyday environmental things such as: microwaves, sunshine, Wi-Fi Routers, bluetooth earpieces, as well as on airplanes and when going through airport security machines.  

Q. What to expect during the procedure?
A. The procedure will take 30-60 minutes, depending on the body part undergoing the exam. The patient will be alone in the room during the procedure, however, the technologist will be able to see, hear and communicate with the patient at all times. The MRI will produce loud knocking and humming noises during the scan. Ear plugs will be provided to the patient to reduce the noise. Some scanners have music for the patient to enjoy.

Q. What happens after the exam is completed?
A. After the exam is completed, the images will be sent to a radiologist. The radiologist will analyze the images and send a report to your physician who will then discuss the results of your exam with you at your follow-up visit.

Q. What is an MRI with contrast?
A. An MRI with contrast media may be ordered as part of your exam. The MRI scanning procedure will require injecting a vein with a dye which circulates through the blood stream, enhancing the pictures of the body’s structures. Most patients experience no unusual effects from this injection. A scan will be performed prior to the contrast media and immediately following. Patients are instructed to drink plenty of water the day before to hydrate the veins before this study is performed.

Q. What is an Arthrogram?
A. An arthrogram is a diagnostic test using a contrast medium injected into a joint with X-ray fluoroscopy guidance, followed by an MRI to obtain a series of pictures of a joint (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle). This exam is usually ordered to determine a cause to an injury or symptom the patient may be experiencing. The contrast medium or dye outlines the soft tissue structures of the joint, including tendons, ligaments and cartilage allowing images to be seen more clearly of the joint.

Q. What happens during an Arthrogram?
A. First, the patient will be escorted by a technologist and given appropriate instructions. The technologist will position the patient and then bring the Radiologist in the room. Using an antiseptic solution, the Radiologist will clean the skin over the joint being examined. Following this, a local anesthetic may be injected into the skin to numb the area where the contrast medium will be injected. The patient may feel a slight stinging sensation. Then, using fluoroscopy (an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures) to ensure the correct placement, a needle will be placed into the joint and the contrast medium will be injected into the joint. The injection may be accompanied by a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the joint but should not be painful. Following the injection, the patient will be taken to the MRI suite where the scan of the joint will be performed.

Q. How long does an Arthrogram take?
A. The arthrogram part itself usually takes about 20 minutes. The patient may have to wait a short time before having the scan performed. The subsequent MRI scan may take 30-60 minutes, depending on the joint and the number of scans that must be performed. You should allow approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours from arrival at the imaging department.

Q. Are there any after effects of an Arthrogram?
A. Most patients feel some mild to moderate increase of soreness in the joint for 24-48 hours following the injection. The joint will then return to feeling the way it felt prior to the examination.

Q. Will the MRI be covered by my insurance?
A. A benefits representative from Resurgens will call you prior to your appointment outlining your responsibilities and estimate for payment. If you have additional questions about your benefits contact our MRI department at (678) 985-7180 as well as your insurance provider.

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