- What happens before my exam?
- What should I expect during an exam?
- What should I expect after an exam?
- What is an MRI?
- Why do you ask about any prior surgeries or any metal implants that I may have if it is not related to the body part I need scanned?
- If I do have metal in my body does that mean I will not be able to have the exam?
- How long will my MRI take?
- Where can I go to have my MRI done?
- Do I have to go all the way inside the MRI machine?
- What is an arthrogram?
- What if I am claustrophobic?
- Will the MRI be loud?
- Are they any other guidelines I should know about the exam?
What happens before my exam?
Coordinated Health orders the necessary exam, works with you to best fit the procedure into your schedule, authorizes the procedure with your insurance provider, and obtains any necessary approvals
What should I expect during an exam?
- Constant contact with friendly, highly trained technicians
- A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere (with open MRIs available) to eliminate anxiety and claustrophobia
- An option to bring your own music for relaxation
- A cushion for your head or feet if you have difficulty lying flat
What should I expect after an exam?
- An in-depth interpretation of your exam by our radiology team
- Your results communicated from Coordinated Health directly to your doctor
- Online access to our electronically stored images by your doctor
- A prompt diagnosis
What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a state-of-the-art technology that allows physicians to see detailed images of your body. It is a safe and efficient way to diagnosis many musculoskeletal conditions. The study is non-invasive and examines the soft tissue of your body.
Why do you ask about any prior surgeries or any metal implants that I may have if it is not related to the body part I need scanned?
Although we focus on one area during the scan, your whole body goes into the scanner. In addition, the entire scanning room puts you within the magnetic field. Therefore, it is important for us to know about metal anywhere in or on your body.
You will be asked on numerous occasions if you have any metal implants. Please be as thorough as possible when you answer so we can make sure you stay safe.
If I do have metal in my body does that mean I will not be able to have the exam?
Not necessarily. Our Imaging team will obtain any medical clearance for prior surgeries that involve metal placement. Our radiologists take every precaution to assure that you are medically cleared and safe to proceed with any study.
If you are not medically cleared, other options will be discussed with you and your treating physician.
How long will my MRI take?
The average MRI study takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. The amount of time depends on the type of study being ordered and the body part being scanned.
Where can I go to have my MRI done?
We have MRI’s available at these campus locations:
- Allentown – 1503 Cedar Crest Blvd
- Bethlehem – 2300 Highland Avenue
- East Stroudsburg – 505 Independence Road
- Hazleton – 1097B North Church Street
- Wind Gap – 1411 Jacobsburg Road
- Phillipsburg – 222 Red School Lane
We will do our best to schedule your study at the location most convenient for you. However, the type of study ordered will also determine at which location it can be performed.
Do I have to go all the way inside the MRI machine?
Yes. However, only the portion of your body being scanned must be positioned in the middle of the machine (the most narrow portion). For example, for a neck study, the patient’s neck must be positioned in the middle of the machine. For knee studies, the knee is positioned in the middle of the machine with the patient’s head facing the open end or possibly outside the machine, depending on the height of the patient.
What is an arthrogram?
An arthrogram is a imaging test that uses a contrast material (such as dye) to take pictures.
The procedure starts with regular MRI or CT images, such as for a shoulder, hip or knee. After those images are taken, you are given an injection of contrast material placed directly into the body part you need scanned. Once the contrast is in your joint, more images are taken.
What if I am claustrophobic?
Many individuals are claustrophobic and are concerned with laying in the “tunnel” MRI’s. Open MRI units are available for claustrophobic patients. If claustrophobia is still a concern, your treating physician can usually write a prescription for a mild sedative to help you relax during the MRI.
Will the MRI be loud?
You can expect to hear various knocking sounds during the MRI. The sounds are the machine taking the images. Earplugs are available to help block the sound. In addition, you are given the option to listen to music of your choice during your exam.
There is an intercom system which offers the ability for you and the technician to communicate throughout your study, if needed.
Are they any other guidelines I should know about the exam?
- Please leave any valuables at home.
- Arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
- Remove all body piercings, as they may disrupt the study.
- Let us know if you have a new tattoo (six weeks or earlier), as new ink may interfere with the study.
- The length of your appointment is dependent upon the study ordered and may range from 30 minutes to two hours. Please plan accordingly.
- Our facilities are not designed for small children. Please arrange for your children to have outside supervision during your study.