Spine West's New Arrival!
Weighing in at 15,000 pounds, Spine West is excited to announce our new Open-Sided MRI Facility! We converted part of our waiting room to accommodate our new "high-tech" edition. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, totally painless way to visualize your body. The pictures created during the exam look at the soft tissue and provide information that can help with diagnosis. MRI images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information of the soft tissues like muscles, tendons and nerves.
Open-Sided vs. Closed-Sided MRI:
- Closed-Sided MRI's are enclosed machines that are "tube" shaped, whereas Open-Sided MRI's are designed so patients are not completely enclosed
- Open-Sided MRI's have significantly less noise
- Both Closed-Sided and Open-Sided MRI's are proven safe technologies in healthcare settings
Benefits of our MRI Machine:
- Our open-sided MRI eliminates claustrophobia and minimizes the anxiety that is felt in the "tube" or closed-sided MRI
- Quieter, unlike a traditional MRI
- No radiation exposure
- In office allows for immediate image viewing
- Latest technology
- Excellent image quality for joints and spine
- Compliments the other imaging services in our office (i.e. X-ray and ultrasound)
- In house convenience (with friendly Spine West staff)
- Less expensive than hospital based MRI's
What to expect:
- Before coming to the scan it is best to not have any metal, including watches, jewelry, piercings, belt buckles, keys, or any other type of metal you might carry
- Cell phones, credit cards, and again any other metal objects cannot be taken into the MRI room (you will have a chance to safely store these objects before entering the room)
- Comfortable clothing is ideal for the MRI, but shorts or gowns will also be provided
- The scan will take around 45 minutes and will require you to lay still for the entire time
- You will be asked to lay on the table throughout the exam and will not feel any pain or unusual sensations
When not to have an MRI:
- Brain Aneurysm Clips
- Cardiac Pacemakers
- Less than 6 weeks after any type of implants or joint replacements
- During Pregnancy
- If it is difficult to lay still for 45 minutes
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 303-494-7773.
Name our "baby" contest!
Give us some suggestions on what we should call our new MRI machine and you may win a prize! All suggestions will be entertained.