Should I take my medications before the MRI?
MRI exams aren’t usually affected by a patient’s use of medication, so it is usually advisable for patients to continue with their normal medication routine unless their doctor advises otherwise. You should, however, let our technologists know what medications you are currently using.
How should I dress for the MRI?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t include metal zippers, snaps, fasteners, etc. Metallic objects can disrupt the imaging process, and therefore need to be avoided. Cosmetics are discouraged as many brands contain trace amounts of metals.
How long will the MRI take?
The length of a patient’s MRI can vary, depending on a number of factors, but in general, an MRI exam will take between 30-60 minutes.
Do MRIs hurt?
No, MRIs are painless and extremely safe.
How long does an X-ray take?
X-rays only require a few minutes to complete, though the length of time may vary based on how many images need to be taken.
Are X-rays dangerous?
X-rays are extremely safe. The level of radiation exposure is very low and our highly trained staff take the utmost precautions to ensure patient safety.
How long does a CT scan take?
CT scans normally take 15 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on the area of the body being scanned and the complexity of the exam. Sometimes contrast dye is used, which may add an additional 10-15 minutes to the procedure.
Do CT scan hurt?
No, a CT scan does not hurt. If contrast dye is used, you may feel warm or flushed. The dye may cause some patients minor stomach aches or headaches.
How long does an ultrasound take?
The length of an ultrasound usually takes 30-60 minutes.
Do I need to prepare for an ultrasound?
Most ultrasounds require no prep, but for some, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a set period of time before the exam.
What happens during a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening?
In addition to a standard TBI, our expert team assesses the reason for the screening to determine which imaging processes to utilize. For patients who may have tumors, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is an advanced MRI technique that is used prior to brain surgeries. When vertigo or balance is a concern, a videonystagmography (VNG) is usually performed.
How long does a TBI/Concussion Testing take?
TBI/Concussion testing can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes to complete, though this may vary based on patient injury.
How long does Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) take?
A DTI takes between 1-2 hours. During this time, the patient remains still and relaxed so the scan can reveal an accurate assessment of any obstructions or traumas in the brain.
What is a videonystagmography (VNG) for?
A videonystagmography (VNG) records eye movements and is used to diagnose disorders that cause balance issues and dizziness.
How long does a videonystagmography (VNG) take to complete?
VNGs require about an hour and a half to complete.
Does a videonystagmography (VNG) hurt?
No, VNGs do not hurt. They are non-invasive. The patient wears a special set of goggles outfitted with a camera before and completes various eye movement exercises.
How long does a Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) take?
A VMA takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Does a Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) hurt?
No, a VMA does not cause pain or discomfort. The patient either lies in a particular position or stays standing to complete the test. Some range of movement is required to make an assessment.