MRI~ Magnetic Resonance Imaging by bim16388


            To plan and interpret your MRI scan,
            Radiological Associates of Sacramento
            Medical Group, Inc. has assembled one of
            the finest staffs available in the field of
            Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
            The centers are under the direction of a
            fellowship trained neuroradiologist and MRI
            specialist, and is supported by a staff of
            neuroradiologists and body imagers with
            extensive postgraduate training in MRI
            applications of the head and body.                                  Helping you

            OPENCARE MRI®
            Some exams are suitable for open MRI. This
            procedure is available if scheduled in advance
            at Carmichael MRI, Davis Imaging, Capitol
            Imaging, Roseville Imaging and South Imaging.

           please visit our website:                                    Serving Our Community Since 1917

       For locations offering this service as well as exam prep instructions.

•MRI Brochure-Rev                    1                                                1/20/05, 3:54 PM
              To help you understand Magnetic Resonance Imaging and appreciate its
              capabilities, Radiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group, Inc.
                has prepared this brochure explaining this exciting imaging technique.

            Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) offers many              MRA is an extremely valuable addition to routine
            advantages over previous imaging procedures. First, it    MR Imaging of the brain. Routine MR Imaging
            does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Second, it is   of the brain shows changes associated with
            capable of producing multiple views, providing the        cerebrovascular disease and other intracranial
            radiologist with a better picture of a specific area.     pathology.
            Third, the procedure offers improved images of soft       Magnetic Resonance Angiography utilizes the
            tissue like the brain, spinal cord, muscle and certain    “natural” contrast of flowing blood to image the
            internal organs.                                          arterial and venous anatomy. We do, on occasion,
                                                                      inject contrast for MRA’s in order to evaluate the
            MAGNETIC RESONANCE A NGIOGRAPHY                           vascular anatomy of interest.
            One application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
            (MRI) is non-invasive imaging of the vascular             SIMPLE PROCEDURE
            system. Currently being utilized at Radiological          MR images are formed with the use of computers,
            Associates of Sacramento Magnetic Resonance               a powerful magnet, and radio waves interacting
            Angiography (MRA) allows visualization of carotid         with the magnetic properties of naturally present
            and cerebral vessels in a fashion similar to              atoms within the body. The MRI machine looks
            conventional angiography.                                 much like a large cube with a hole in the middle.
                                                                      This structure houses a super-conducting magnet
                                                                      capable of producing a magnetic field that is about
                                                                      20,000 times that of the earth’s.
                                                                      You will be asked to complete a screening form
                                                                      and a medical history form. Because of the
                                                                      magnetic power of this equipment, you will be
                                                                      asked to remove all metal objects that might be
                                                                      affected or attracted by the magnet. Metal objects
                                                                      have an adverse effect on the images and could
                                                                      cause damage to the machine. Patients with
                                                                      pacemakers, surgical clips, a pro-sthesis, or any
                                                                      other metal objects on the body should tell the
                                                                      technologist prior to entering the examination
                                                                      room. Another person can accompany you into
                                                                      the exam room if needed. The exam is completed
                                                                      within 30 minutes to an hour. Results will be sent
                                                                      to the referring physician.

•MRI Brochure-Rev                2                                              1/20/05, 3:54 PM

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