Going in for an MRI or any type of imaging can be a stressful time, particularly if you have had a past bad experience with imagining. The good news is that at a specialized imaging center you can select the service and the professionals that give you confidence and comfort for your testing needs.
Most of these centers will offer any type of imaging services your doctor has requested. This will include MRI or magnetic resonance imaging as well as MRA or magnetic resonance angiography. They will also offer computerized x-rays as well as arthrograms.
MRI is used to produce very clear and easy to read images of all systems of the body. This includes the soft tissues and organs of the abdominal area as well as the chest, brain and the blood vessels. Additionally, it can be used to provide highly detailed images of all the organs of the body, which can be very instrumental in the accurate diagnosis of various diseases and health conditions, including cancers.
MRA is used is used when there are abnormalities of the blood vessels suspected. This can include stenosis or aneurysms or any other type of disease or congenital condition that is impacting the flow of blood through the body.
Arthrograms are used in conjunction with injections of dyes that show up on the images to provide a contrast. They are most commonly required when there is injury, damage or degeneration of a joint in the body.
In addition to the services offered, it is also important to consider the radiologists and staff at the imaging center you are considering. Look for professionals with experience in the different imaging technologies and options. This information is provided online through the websites of the top centers in any city or location.
For busy people, issues such as the hours of the imaging center and the efficiency of getting in and getting out quickly may also be a factor. When patient care and attention is part of the overall goal of the center, these issues are always considered, making your appointment a pleasant experience.
If you are concerned about the procedure or aren’t sure of any preparation you may need to complete before your appointment, call to the imaging center and talk to the staff. Professional services provide compassionate and caring staff to ensure you arrive at your appointment comfortable, prepared and knowledgeable about what you can expect.