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Spine West Newsletter
 January 2013
Spine West
Our Providers
Michelle Pepper, M.D.
Marshall Emig, M.D.
Vaheed Sevvom, PA-C
Christopher Morelli, D.O.

tel:  303.494.7773
fax:  303.494.1104

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Our Mission

Spine West's mission is to promote health, hope and function, and to prevent injury. 

Spine West's New Arrival!

Spine West MRI

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.

Spine West, PLLC
tel:  303. 494.7773  fax:  303.494.1104
5387 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 200
Boulder, Colorado   80303