Medical Center is pleased to provide in cooperation with
of Idaho our new MRI
Available every Wednesday here at QVMC.
MRI is an
advanced medical imaging technique which produces clear
images of the human body. It provides an excellent way to diagnose
diseases of the brain, spine, chest, skeleton, pelvis and blood
How does a MRI
The human body is
made up of millions of atoms which are magnetic. When placed in a
magnetic field, these atoms line up with the field, much like a
compass points to the North Pole. Radio waves, tuned to a specific
frequency, tip these tiny magnets away from the magnetic field. As
they tip, they gain energy. When the radio waves are turned off, the
atoms realign with the magnetic field, releasing the energy they
gained as very weak radio signals. A powerful antenna picks up these
signals and sends them to a computer that performs millions of
calculations to produce an image for diagnosis.
MRI is very
sensitive to changes in cartilage and bone structure resulting from
injury, disease or aging. The images at right illustrate the power
of MRI in helping your doctor diagnose and treat your injury or
illness. Clear images such as these often provide information not
available through other medical testing and may actually eliminate
the need for exploratory surgery.
Our MRI offers
maximum patient comfort. The system has a spacious, well-lit opening
on both ends. Attractive design and soft colors produce a friendly
and relaxing environment.
What can I expect
during the exam?
When you enter
the mobile MRI, you will see the MRI scanner. This is a large,
circular magnet with a table extending from an opening in the
center. A highly trained MRI technologist will help you get situated
will explain the procedure, and answer any questions you may have.
The technologist will monitor the exam from the adjacent control
room. Throughout the exam, you will be able to communicate with the
technologist using a two-way intercom. You may bring a music CD that
will be played during your exam.
will gently slide you into the magnet's opening. The first MRI
sequences will then begin. During each sequence, you will hear a
tapping noise indicating the imaging process is in progress.
You will be asked
to remain still during each MRI sequence.
Will I be exposed
Radiation is not
used during a MRI exam. MRI relies on radio frequency. A MRI exam is
painless with no side effects.
How long will the
Depending on how
many images are to be generated, a MRI exam generally takes 30
How do I prepare
for the exam?
In most cases, no
special preparation is needed for your MRI exam. You may go about
your daily routine, eating, drinking and taking any medications as
you normally would.
Due to the
magnetic power of the MRI, it is important that no metal of any kind
be permitted in the exam room. It is recommended that you wear
clothing without metal zippers, snaps or buttons.
patients may have metal inside their bodies, please inform your
technologist if you have:
pacemaker, artificial heart valve or aneurysm clips
Any type of
metal plate, pin or metallic implant
Intrauterine device, such as a Copper-7 IUD
fragments in your body (from a previous gunshot
wound or from
exposure to metal fragments on the job).
In some cases,
patients with any of the above will be rescheduled for an alternate
diagnostic imaging exam.
following your exam, your referring physician will be given a copy
of your MRI images on a CD ROM. Next, a radiologist will analyze and
interpret the images from your exam and prepare a full report. This
report will be faxed directly to your doctor who will share the
results with you.
Will my insurance
cover the exam?
Mobile Diagnostic Imaging participates
in several major insurance and health plans. By providing us with
current and complete insurance information, we can help you gain the
most from your benefits. Our business office representatives are
available to assist you with questions about your health coverage,
claim submissions or payment. You may reach a business office
representative by calling (509) 787-3531
during normal business hours.
or Schedule an Appointment:
Telephone: 509-787-5371 (or)
509-787-3531 Ext: 230