Our office will contact you 24 hours before your appointment to confirm your scheduled arrival time and provide prep instructions.
Do not wear eye makeup or mascara for ANY Brain & Neck studies.
Do not wear any jewelry or hairpins.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Let us know if you have:
Metallic fragments in your eyes or previous injury to the eye involving a metal object
Any type of implanted mechanical pump
Any type of surgery within the past 8 weeks
A history of cancer
A pacemaker / defibrillator / stimulator
An aneurysm clip
Any metallic / electronic implant
Let us know if you are:
Allergic to CT or MRI contrast
Pregnant / Nursing
In need of special assistance
Plan to spend approximately 1 to 1.5 hours at our facility. The length of time will depend on the type of exam your healthcare provider has ordered.
You will be asked to remove all metal or electronic objects from your body before the exam. These objects interfere with the magnetic field and can be very dangerous if taken into the exam room.
Tell your technologist at the time of your exam if you have any metal or electronic devices in or on your body including, but not limited to:
Watches or jewelry
Cell phones or PDAs
Implanted medical devices (i.e. pacemaker, defibrillators)
Implanted metallic joint prostheses, artificial heart valves, cochlear implants, hearing aids or metallic dentures
The technologist will help you onto the examination table and once comfortable, your test will begin.
During the exam, you will hear a loud, knocking noise as the machine takes the images. We provide earplugs, and some facilities can play music through earphones to make this experience more relaxing.
Through the entire test, a certified technologist is nearby if you need assistance or have questions.
Once the exam is complete, a radiologist will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study.
Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.
We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.
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