The only independent clinic in the area with a quad of MRI machines, means patients will receive the imaging specialized to their specific requirements. Four different MRI rooms with night and weekend hours allows for scheduling flexibility and fast results.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radiowaves and a strong magnetic field rather than xrays to produce detailed images of body tissues and organs. The magnetic field “excites” and then “relaxes” protons in the body, emitting radio signals. The radio signals are processed by a computer to form an image.
3T Signa Hero MRI
AMI is the only outpatient center in the midwest equipped with the latest MRI technology. With better image quality, enhanced workflows, increased productivity, improved patient comfort and greater sustainability, the SIGNA Hero makes challenging exams routine.
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.
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.
The magnetic field used in an MRI will pull on certain metal objects and so it is important that you notify your technologist of any that may be implanted into your body. Clothing should be free of metal. You will also be asked to remove watches, hearing aids, hairpins, jewelry, removable dental work, glasses, body piercings or any other metal in the region of the body being scanned. Scrubs are provided to change into with private dressing rooms and secured lockers for valuables.
The technologist will ask whether you have a pacemaker, brain aneurysm clips, artificial limbs or any metal screws or plates. A patient with a pacemaker cannot have an MRI. In most cases, metal used in orthopedic surgery pose no risk during an MRI.
Some scans require you to receive an injection of gadolinium, a contrast medium, which makes the images easier to read. If this is the case, it will be discussed with you before the procedure.
The technologist will help you onto the MRI table. The table will then slide you into the MRI machine. You are alone in the room during the scan, but you can talk to the staff at any time through an intercom. A call button is also provided if at any time you feel very claustrophobic or unwell.
The machine makes loud knocking noises as the pictures are being taken. You are provided headphones with a choice of music. Sometimes machines circulate air around the patient during the scan. You may be asked to hold your breath while some images are being taken. Usually the entire process will take an average of 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you are having multiple exams allow extra time for each region being scanned.
You are able to return to normal activities as soon as the scan is complete. The radiologist’s interpretation will then be available to the referring physician 24 hours after the exam or via the AMI patient portal.
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