The Covid-19 virus has impacted the community in which we live and work, and we expect the impact to continue and intensify in the short term. MRI Scan and Imaging Center has been closely monitoring the alerts issued by The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control.
The health and safety of our patients, our employees and our communities remain our priority.
Currently, our office remains open and our dedicated medical team members continue to conduct business as usual. Our scan center is being highly pro-active to minimize exposure to the virus and at the same time continue our provision of exceptional medical diagnostic service to our valued patients.
We have initiated the following pro-active measures to help keep our facility clean and mitigate
the spread of this disease.
We are devoted to protecting your health and ours... please feel free to contact me directly at 954-772-8000 should you have concerns.
Robert L. Kagan, M.D.
We utilize GE's CT Advanced Technology, the GE Discovery 610 128 Slice PET/CT system. It produces extremely high resolution and sensitivity, while providing significantly lower radiation dose to the patient.
An MRI scan stands for magnetic resonance imaging and it is a common exam used by doctors all over the world to diagnose a variety of problems. MRI works by using radio waves along with a strong magnetic field to create very detailed images of the tissues and organs of a body.
An MRI scan can be used to identify the following:
Abnormalities of the spinal cord or brain
Cysts and tumors
Abnormalities or injuries to joints
Diseases of abdominal organs
Causes of pelvic pain
Potential uterine abnormalities in women
An MRI scan has the advantage of avoiding radiation. It is painless and there are no known side effects.
An MRI scan can identify if a tumor is benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). An MRI can also identify cancer in organs and whether or not they have spread, otherwise known as metastasized, from where it started to other parts of the body.
The actual MRI scan can take between 20 - 60 minutes, depending on the part of the body that is being examined and the number of images required. If some of the images are not clear to the radiologist, the patient may undergo a second scan right away.
Patients can eat normal and take their regular medications before an MRI scan. It is asked that they remove things prior to the exam that may affect the magnetic imaging such as: Jewelry, Hairpins, Watches, Dentures, Eye Glasses, Earrings, or any other items that may contain metal.
A CAT scan or CT scan is a special test that uses both X-rays and a computer to capture cross-sectional images of the body. Since its discovery in 1974, this exam has become very popular for diagnosing a variety of diseases.
A CT scan can help identify many different problems in the body such as:
Bone and muscle disorders
It can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
During a CT scan, one is briefly exposed to ionizing radiation. The radiation is higher than a standard X-ray because more detailed information is captured from a CT scan. Radiation has been identified to have an increased risk of cancer. However, doctors use the lowest radiation dose possible and most agree that the benefits outweigh the risk. It is important to note, that newer, faster machines may require less radiation than older technology. For this reason, here at MRI Scan & Imaging Center, we utilize the GE Discovery 610 128 Slice PET/CT system.
This is one of the highest quality PET/CT scanners available anywhere! It uses Advanced Technology, and provides extremely high resolution and sensitivity, while utilizing 40% less radiation exposure.
The actual exam begins after a patient has lied down on a motorized table, that slides into the section of the machine that performs the imaging. Straps and pillows are oftentimes used to help the person stay in position. While the table is moving, an X-ray tube which surrounds the patient table, rotates and takes images of different parts of the body. The technologist will be observing in a separate room, and they can see and hear the patient. There is full communication during the test. This is a painless exam.
Patients can resume normal activities after a CT scan. In some cases, patients may have been given a contrast material to drink. If that is the case, they should drink lots of fluids to help remove any contrast material from the body.
All CT images are stored as electronic data files, which are reviewed on a computer screen and evaluated by a radiologist. Once they interpret the images and report any findings, this information will be sent to the referring doctor, who would be responsible in getting this information to the patient.
PET scan or Positron emission tomography is a diagnostic imaging test that enables physicians or doctors to look for diseases in your body. This scan utilizes a special dye that contains radioactive tracers that are inejcted into a vein in your arm. Tissues and organs are able to absorb the tracer allowing for the exam to be successful.
A PET/CT scan combines a PET scan (positron emission tomography) with a CT scan (computed tomography) all in one machine. This marvelous exam reveals important information about both the structure and function of tissues and cells in the body, all in one single diagnostic imaging session.
PET/CT scan studies have shown to be very useful in the areas of cancer/oncology (detection of cancer or benign vs. malignant tumors), neurology (diagnosis of seizure disorders), and cardiology (assesment of heart).
A PET SCAN or PET/CT scan is used quite often by oncologists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons. However, as this technology has advanced, this exam is now used in many different areas. If your doctor or physician has ordered this test for you, we can assist in providing you the best diagnostic imaging exam and care available.
Generally, a PET scan or PET/CT scan can be performed on an outpatient basis. Specific protocols may vary, but usually a PET scan follows this process:
1. You will be brought into a private room where you will be given a hospital gown and asked to remove all clothing and jewelry as this can interfere with the scan.
2. You will be asked to go to the bathroom and empty your bladder prior to the procedure.
3. One or more (IV) lines will be started in the arm or hand for injection of the radiotracer
4. The radiotracer will be injected into your IV.
5. Once the radiotracer has been absorbed for the appropriate length of time, the scan will commence. The scanner table will then begin to move slowly in order for the body part that is being studied to be properly scanned.
The PET scan itself is painless, but having to lie still for the procedure duration may be uncomfortable so our technicians will use any comfort measures available.
We ask that before you arrive to our center for a PET scan or PET/CT scan, you do not eat or drink (except water), for at least 4 hours prior to your scan. You are free to take your regularly scheduled medications. You should also wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and avoid wearing jewelry.
An ultrasound scan is a special exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of a person’s inner body.
This exam is often used by Doctors to study a developing fetus, as well as different areas of a person’s body such as:
And other organs
An Ultrasound can also be used to detect any blockages as well as measure blood flow to the arteries.
Ultrasound testing is safe and there are no risks to discuss.
There are other exams such as a CAT scans that are more commonly used to detect cancer. However, ultrasounds are often used to assist in guiding the needle when a biopsy is needed.
Ultrasound can also be used to provide deep heat to soft tissues in the body such as: tendons, muscles, joints, and ligaments. However, the majority of uses for Ultrasound are as a diagnostic tool rather than a treatment modality.
Once in the exam room and ready for the Ultrasound, patients will be asked to lie down on an examination bed or table. The sonographer (Ultrasound technician) will apply some gel on the skin, which will help provide better contact with the Ultrasound probe. As the technician moves the Ultrasound probe around the skin, a series of two-dimensional or three-dimensional images will appear on a monitor. Once the sonographer is able to capture the images they need, the exam will be over.
This is the place to go when you need any type of scan or ultrasound! The medical professionals and front desk are always there to give you the peace of mind for whatever your needs may be. They have the newest technology in the world and I want to thank them for providing my family and I and the friends I refer to them for the outstanding service they provide year after year!
Went for a CT scan and an Ultrasound 5 days apart. The scheduling is easy, the front desk staff friendly and efficient. The facility and machines are modern and the technicians were professional and answered my questions. Overall great experience.
My husband and I have had MRI'S and CAT-Scans at the MRI Scan and Imaging Center and this is the scan center to have your scans done on superior machines. The center itself was done with perfection along with their quality scans. Everyone there has been so kind, professional with etiquette all around. We will always choose The MRI Scan and Imaging Center for all our scans for sure.
As a physician myself, i have worked in and seen many imaging centers , however, the MRI Scan and Imaging Center is one of the best i have seen, no question state of the art, not to mention a professional staff and extremely accommodating and friendly personnel.
My boyfriend just had an MRI done here and the staff was great and the facility was very nice. Daya greeted us and helped us with the paperwork and she was so friendly and made him feel comfortable!!
At MRI Scan & Imaging Center, we are pleased to provide the most complete medical imaging with only the highest quality equipment.