Selecting a medical imaging provider may seem complex, but it is an important decision, and you do have a choice. At University Medical Imaging, we understand. Not only do we make sure that your images are the best quality, we focus on keeping compassion and humanity alive in healthcare.
Your doctor wants you to get an MRI, but just what is it?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. This type of scan uses very strong magnets and radio waves to produce images that are as detailed as what you might see on HDTV. Because it doesn’t use ionized radiation, MRI is a safe way to get a clear picture of what is going on inside your body.
Most types of MRI scans take about 20-30 minutes. Your job is to simply relax and remain still while our MRI scanner does its work.
- Your doctor must send a medical referral to us before we can schedule your MRI scan. You can call us at 916-922-6747 to confirm that we have received your referral form. Download the doctor referral form here.
- Our staff will schedule your exam time and ask you basic medical history questions.
- Fill out our registration form online, and print it out. Sign the form and bring it with you to your appointment. Download the MRI registration form here.
- No advanced preparation is needed for most MRI scans. You can eat a normal diet and take routine medications.
- You may be able to wear your own clothing during your MRI scan if it is loose-fitting and has no metal fasteners.
- Some types of MRI scans involve a contrast injection. When you schedule your appointment, staff will discuss whether this injection or any other special considerations are necessary.
- If you are claustrophobic, talk with your doctor about sedating medication in advance of your MRI exam. Be sure to arrange for a designated driver if you take any medication that causes drowsiness.
- Arrive at your scheduled check-in time to prepare for your MRI exam. If you arrive late, we may need to reschedule your appointment.
- All patients are asked to pay the full amount of their deductible, co-pay or direct, self payment at the time of their exam. We accept checks, debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and CareCredit.
- You will be provided with a private dressing room. Remove jewelry, eyeglasses and other metal objects before entering the scanning room. You may also need to change into medical scrubs.
- Because the scanning process produces buzzing and/or knocking noises, ear plugs are provided for your use.
- Your MRI technologist will position you on a padded table that will move slowly through the scanner. Your positioning will depend upon the area of your body to be scanned. The MRI technologist can see, hear and speak with you at all times. In most cases, you may have a friend or relative stay in the room with you if desired.
- The actual scan process takes about 20 to 30 minutes per scan. Your job is to simply relax and hold still.
- A board-certified radiologist will review your images. A report of these results will be sent to your referring physician within 12 to 24 hours.
- Contact your doctor to discuss the results of your MRI.