Diagnostic Imaging

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer in the US, killing more than breast, colon and prostate put together. A lack a screening is in direct correlation with these numbers. Now there is a simple, painless low-dose CT test that can detect early onset of lung cancer, when it is the most treatable. High-risk lung cancer patients are encouraged to receive this elective procedure that can detect the early onset of lung cancer.

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Screening Information

Annual screening is recommended and normally covered for patients within these guidelines:

• Age 55-77 years old
• 30 pack-year history (example: 1 pack/day for 30yrs or 2 packs/day for 15yrs)
• Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years

Patients within the following guidelines should also consult a physician about screening:

• Age 50+ years old
• 20 pack-year history (example: 1 pack/day for 20yrs or 2 packs/day for 10yrs)
• Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
• Contact with radon, asbestos or other cancer-causing agents
• Family or personal history of lung cancer

If insurance does not cover the cost of the screening, Advanced Medical Imaging offers the test for only $250.00 payable at the time of service. If you are interested, talk to your primary care provider about scheduling a scan at AMI.

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Common MRI Exams

MRI Abdomen

MRI’s of the abdomen are commonly performed to detect issues in the liver, gallbladder, digestive tract, and other organs. It can also be used to evaluate the state of blood vessels and organs prior to a surgery or transplant.

MRI Pelvis

MRI’s of the pelvis are commonly performed to detect issues in the bladder, prostate, reproductive organs, lymph nodes, rectum, anus and pelvic bones.

MRI Breast

MRI’s of the breast are many times administered after an initial mammogram to further explore abnormalities. Breast MRI’s are ideal for patients with “dense” breast tissue, because MRI images show more detail allowing radiologists to see more than with a standard x-ray image.

MR-Guided Biopsy

Using an MRI machine to guide a biopsy is very efficient because the clear images help radiologists to accurately sample the abnormality.

MRI Extremities

MRI is frequently used to scan major joints in the body. Including shoulders, wrists, knees and hips. MRI can locate and identify the cause of pain, swelling, and bleeding in the tissues around joints and bones. The images can see tears and injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles. MRI can also show arthritis and tumors involving bones and joints.

MRI Spine

MRI is frequently used to determine the causes of back pain, leg pain and numbness. The exam can detect a bulging, degenerated or herniated intervertebral disk. MRI can be done to help plan surgeries of the spine. MRI performed after surgery will show whether infection or post-op scarring is present. Patients that have had surgery of the spine may require an injection of contrast material.

MRI Brain

MRI of the brain is useful in detecting brain tumors, strokes and certain disorders such as multiple sclerosis. MRI can also detect abnormalities of the eyes or inner ear. Most exams of the brain will require an injection of contrast material to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. A small needle is placed into a vein of the hand or arm for the injection.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

MRA provides detailed images of blood vessels with or without the use of contrast material. MRA can detect blocking or narrowing of arteries, and can also detect aneurysms, an enlarged artery. Commonly preformed MRA Exams include brain, carotids (neck) and renal arteries.

MR Enterography

Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography is used to diagnose inflammation, bleeding, obstructions and other problems in the small intestine. Patients ingest a barium contrast medium before their scan that highlights certain parts of the digestive tract in the images.

MRI Machine Types

3T High-Definition MRI

AMI is the only outpatient center in Lincoln equipped with the most advanced MRI that provides highly detailed images, faster. The large bore design is made for patient comfort and is ideal for and larger patients.


Advanced Medical Imaging is the first location in the entire midwest to install a HERO 3T with the latest technology. Scan times are reduced by 50% using Air Recon DL.

1.5T Standard MRI

The most common of MRI machines is used the most often and has many benefits. There is more signal than the 1T open MRI providing a faster and better image. Less signal than the 3T MRI means less noise and heat than the stronger machine.

1T High-field Open MRI

The only high-field Open MRI in Lincoln, allows for three times the amount of patient space than cylindrical MRIs. The open design perfect for claustrophobic and bariatric patients.

Procedure Process

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions about our services, please contact our friendly staff.

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Do I need to have an low-dose lung screening exam every year?

Yes. If you are high-risk, we recommend a lung cancer screening exam every year until you are 77 years old or it’s been more than 15 years since you quit smoking.

How effective is a low-dose CT scan at preventing death from lung cancer?

Studies show that when compared to single-view chest X-ray screening, low-dose lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at risk.

What can I expect from the results?

About 1 out of 4 LDCT lung screenings will find something in the lungs that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time these findings are lung nodules. Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lungs. These nodules are very common, and the vast majority of them – more than 97% – are not cancer. Most are normal lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infections. Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time. This is why we recommend screening. To distinguish the large number of benign, noncancerous nodules from the few nodules that are, in fact, cancer, we may need to get more images or other tests before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features, such as a large size, an odd shape or growth over time, we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

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