• What are MRI and MRA?
      Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine

      What is an MRI exam?

      Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced imaging technique that uses large magnets, radio waves and a computer to produce very clear pictures of the body without X-rays.

      What is an MRA exam?

      Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a form of MRI that visualizes blood flow. IV contrast may be administered while performing an MRA to enhance the images obtained. MRA evaluates the severity of vascular diseases and can identify aneurysms, narrowing and obstructions or thrombosis in the arteries or veins.

      What does an MRI show?

      We can study nearly every part of the body with an MRI. However, MRI’s are most often ordered to evaluate disorders of the brain, spine, bones and joints, soft tissue and some blood vessels.

      When should I not have an MRI/MRA exam?

      MRI/MRA might not be an option if you have:

      A cardiac pacemaker
      Inner ear implants
      An aneurysm clip
      A stent
      Metal sutures from recent surgery
      Metal fragments in your eyes
      Are pregnant (please discuss with your healthcare provider)

    • What are my MRI options?

      Multiple Options in

      South Carolina locations

      South Carolina

      GE 3T Signa HD

      GE 1.5T Signa HD

      N. Charleston, Columbia, W. Columbia, Myrtle Beach

      Weight limit 350lbs, bore width 54cm

      Siemens 1.5T Espree Wide Bore

      Siemens 1.5T Espree Wide Bore

      Downtown Columbia and Irmo

      Weight limit 550lbs, bore width 70cm
       

      GE Optima 450w Wide Bore

      GE Optima 450w Wide Bore

      Anderson, Florence

      Weight limit 500lbs, bore width 70cm

      GE Optima

      GE 3T Discovery Wide Bore

      North Charleston

      Weight limit 500lbs, bore width 70cm

      Hitachi 1.5T Echelon Oval Bore

      Hitachi 1.5T Echelon Oval Bore

      West Ashley

      Weight limit 550lbs, bore width 74cm

      Hitachi 3T Airis Elite Open Bore

      Hitachi .3T Airis Elite Open Bore

      West Ashley

      Weight limit 450lbs, gantry opening 43cm, table top width 80cm

      Hitachi 1.2T Open Bore

      Hitachi 1.2T Open Bore

      Spartanburg

      Weight limit 660lbs, table top width 82cm
       

      GE 1.5T Signa HDX

      GE 1.5T Signa HDX

      Greenville Grove

      Weight limit 350lbs, bore width 60cm
       

      GE 1.5T Signa Excite

      GE 1.5T Signa Excite

      Anderson

      Weight limit 350lbs, bore width 60cm

      Siemens 1.5T Espree Wide Bore

      Siemens 1.5T Espree Wide Bore

      Greenville Eastside

      Weight limit 450lbs, bore width 70cm

      Siemens 3T MAGNETOM Verio

      Siemens 3T MAGNETOM Verio

      Spartanburg

      Weight limit 550lbs, bore width 70cm

    • How do I prepare?

      What should I do before I arrive?

      If your exam requires intravenous (IV) contrast, please eat or drink lightly, if at all, before your appointment. If you have medications prescribed by your healthcare provider, they can be taken with a sip of water. If you’ve had other imaging exams previously, it is helpful to bring the images with you for radiologist comparison. Wear comfortable clothing that does not have any metal, such as zippers, metal buttons or glitter. Plan to remove all hairpieces, pins, clips and barrettes. If you are in pain or claustrophobic, please discuss this with your healthcare provider at least one day prior to the test.

    • What can I expect?

      What happens when I arrive for the MRI/MRA exam?

      You may be asked to change into scrubs or a gown that we will provide. The technologist will help you onto the examination table. Once you are in place and comfortable, the exam will begin. During the exam, you will hear a knocking noise as the machine takes the images. You must be very still during the knocking. The knocking can be loud. 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.

      What is contrast media, and when do you use it?

      Contrast media is a substance that highlights certain tissues or blood vessels. The most common MRI contrast agent, gadolinium, is safe and easy to tolerate. It is usually given through an intravenous (IV) line. It is injected into the joint for an MR arthrogram. For minors, a parent or guardian must give written permission before we can administer the contrast media.

      How long will I be there?

      Plan to spend approximately 1 to 1.5 hours with us. The length of time will depend on the type of exam your healthcare provider has ordered.

    • When and how do I get results?

      When will the results be available?

      Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.

      How do I get the results?

      Once the exam is complete, a physician will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study. We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.

    • How do I schedule an MRI/MRA?

      Scheduling a MRI/MRA

      Typically, the healthcare provider calls, faxes or submits an online request for the MRI/MRA. Then we call you to confirm your appointment date and time. However, if your healthcare provider asks you to schedule your exam, simply call 1-833-Get-A-MRI or visit our Request an Appointment page. We will make sure the exam is timely and convenient and that it meets any special requirements of your insurance carrier and healthcare provider.

      When you call, we will need to know which exam your healthcare provider ordered and why. We will also ask you for your insurance information. You will need to pay any co-pay or deductible at the time of the exam. We conveniently file your claim with your insurance provider.

    • We make it easy!

      Delivering the most remarkable patient experience

      Most of our facilities offer same-day (insurance permitting), evening and weekend appointments. Prior to your appointment, we will give you the estimated total cost, what you will owe at the time of service, and payment options. We will also fax reports and provide images to your healthcare provider.