Open MRI

Hollywood Diagnostics Center is proud to introduce our new, open upright MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) unit. The G-scan Brio by Esaote is specifically designed for all musculoskeletal applications. The open and tilting design is a revolutionary way of performing a MRI. This innovative approach to imaging increases diagnostic accuracy while a patient is in the weight-bearing position. The forces of gravity generate bio-mechanical changes in the human anatomy, so MRI in the natural standing position allows extra details to be seen. Twenty to thirty percent more abnormalities are detected which leads to a quicker diagnosis and a more accurate treatment plan. Patients experience less claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) during scanning as compared to traditional MRI units.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive and painless medical test that health care providers use to diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and injuries. MRI utilizes a powerful magnet field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues and bone. It does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). The actual magnetic field is created by passing an electric current through specialized wire coils located within the MRI unit.

The organs, soft tissues and bones that are being imaged, send and receive radio waves, producing signals that are detected by the coils. A computer then processes these signals and generates a series of images, each of which shows a thin slice of the body. The images can then be studied from various angles by the interpreting radiologist.

On the day of the exam, you might be asked to wear a gown. It is best to dress in clothing without metal zippers). No jewelry or watches. No pacemakers or stents. Metal and electronic items ( such as phones, pins, hairpins, glasses, pens, pocket knives, keys, etc.) are not allowed in the MRI scanning room because they will interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit.

Also, no credit cards or hearing aids which could become damaged during the study. Body piercings and removable dental appliances must be removed before the exam. Before the MRI exam is performed, you will be positioned on a moveable exam table. The table may be tilted as necessary depending upon which areas of the body are being scanned. The technologist will monitor the series of images at a computer workstation adjacent to the scanning room. They will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times. Depending on the areas being scanned, your study can last up to an hour. It is very important that you lay perfectly still while the images are being obtained. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear and feel loud tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated.

Once all of the imaging sequences have been completed, one of our board certified radiologists will review the images and provide written results. A copy of the written report will be faxed to your referring provider within 72 hours. Your referring provider will then review the results and proposed treatment plan with you.