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FAQ

 

What is M.R.I.?

M.R.I. (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a safe, non-invasive method to image all parts of your body; such as your internal organs, muscles, bones, nerves and other soft tissues. M.R.I. utilizes a large magnet, radio waves and a host computer which produces the images.

How does an M.R.I. Scanner work?
The human body, which is composed of 95% water, is made up of small particles called atoms. The hydrogen atoms in water normally spin at random, however, when placed in the magnetic field of the M.R.I. scanner, these hydrogen atoms line up in the same direction as the magnetic field. When a radio wave is passed through the body the hydrogen atoms give off a signal. That signal is picked up by the coil specifically utilized for the body region being scanned (similar to an antenna). This information is then sent to the host computer which produces the M.R. images that are reviewed and read by our interpreting radiologist. A report and/or images are sent to your referring physician.

Why is M.R.I. Important?
M.R.I. is a safe, non-invasive method to image and obtain information about your body. M.R.I. makes it possible to image most types of tissue to provide a diagnosis without the use of x-rays.

What will happen at M.R. Imaging Associates?
When you arrive at M.R. Imaging Associates, you will be warmly greeted by our friendly office staff, who will ask you to complete some paperwork and a safety questionnaire. After you've completed your paperwork, the technologist will escort you to our dressing area and go over the Safety Questionnaire with you. Our dressing area offers lockers so that you can secure your valuables. The technologist will then take you into the M.R.I. Suite for your M.R.I. examination. The technologist will help you to be as comfortable as possible, utilizing earplugs, headphones, aromatherapy, a fan, and mirrored glasses if you would like. You will be able to speak with, and hear, the technologist via an intercom system. After your M.R.I. examination is complete, we will give you a complimentary copy of your M.R.I. examination for your records.

What if I am claustrophobic?
When scheduling your examination, you will be asked if you are claustrophobic. If you are claustrophobic your physician will give you a prescription for some medication to relax you during your M.R.I. scan. Before your M.R.I scan starts the technologist will also give you mirrored glasses, turn a fan on for air flow and use cucumber oil for your comfort.

Do you take insurance?
Most insurance plans are accepted. We will let your physician know if there is any prior authorization necessary with your insurance plan.

Do I need a physician referral?
Yes, an M.R.I. needs to be referred by your physician. They can call us or fax the information to us for scheduling.

How soon can I schedule my appointment?
Usually we can get you in for your M.R.I. scan within 24 – 48 hours unless prior authorization is needed.

Where are you located?
We are located in the McKenzie Medical Center next door to McKenzie Willamette Medical Center at:
960 N. 16th Street, Suite 10
Springfield, Oregon 97477
Phone (541) 726-4959

If you would like more information about our M.R.I. imaging services, or if you have any questions you would like to address immediately, or to make an appointment, please contact us at any time.