Procedures

Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

MRI

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a procedure that will provide internal images of joints, soft tissue, structure, organs and much more. An MRI uses radio frequency waves and a magnet to create the images.

Because of the different sequences, you will hear various noises throughout the exam. ADI has the quietest scanners available and our experienced technologists pamper their patients with options such as music, warm blankets and cushions to make the experience as stress free as possible. At ADI, patients are in direct communication with the technologist through an intercom and a call alert button in case the patient needs assistance during the exam.

Let your doctor know if you are claustrophobic. Your physician can order sedation prior to your appointment at ADI.

An MRI can take up to one hour or longer. Sometimes an intravenous contrast is given to determine normal from abnormal tissue.

ADI’s MRI scanners provide the highest quality images available.

For more information, contact ADI today.


CT Scan (CAT Scan)

A CT scan is a low dose, faster kind of X-Ray imaging in which a thin x-ray beam rotates around the patient allowing doctors to see highly detailed images. ADI’s computer combines the images to form highly detailed three-dimensional pictures of the body. This type of imaging significantly helps the physician in determining a diagnosis.

The most common CT scans ordered will be of head, chest, abdomen, or pelvis. Sometimes multiple CT scans are done at the same time, (i.e. the chest and abdomen). Most times, an intravenous dye is given to help the doctors determine normal from abnormal findings.  You will feel warm while the contrast is injected, but it only lasts for a minute.

If your doctor wants to scan your abdomen, you will have to drink a glass of oral contrast 1 hour prior and another glass 30 minutes prior to the scan. For CT scans with contrast, it is recommended that you do not eat or drink 4 to 6 hours before the scan (except for the contrast for the scan). A CT scan usually only takes 10 to 15 minutes once you are prepped for it.

About The Test

How The Test Is Performed

You will be asked to lie on a table that slides into the center of the scanner.

How The Test Will Feel

The process is fairly painless. If contrast dye is to be administered, an IV will need to be placed in a small vein of a hand or arm or foot.

Why The Test Is Performed

CT provides rapid, detailed images of the patient that can then be reconstructed into three-dimensional images. Intravenous contrast improves evaluation of vessels and improves detection of tumors.

What The Risks Are

CT scans and other x-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. The risk associated with any individual scan is small. If IV contrast is injected, a risk of an allergic reaction in minimal. Statistics will be explained at time of testing.


Bone Scan

A bone scan is a test that checks for a variety of bone diseases, including cancer, stress fractures, fractures, and bone infection. A bone scan consists of an injection of a small amount of a radioactive substance similar to calcium that attaches to the bone. The tracer needs to circulate through the body for approximately 3 hours before the images are obtained. You are free to leave the imaging center during the 3 hours. The images will take about 45 minutes upon returning. There is no special preparation for a bone scan and we encourage ample hydration for the scan.