Imaging Built Around You
At the Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton (OID), we know that, when your body isn't at peak performance, you want the best doctors, the best science, and the best tools working to get you back to health. When it comes to providing a diagnosis, your physician may order an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, and you can be assured OID provides cutting-edge equipment to get you back on your feet fast.
What's an MRI?
An MRI provides your physician with the ability to see inside your body and identify abnormalities with human tissue: muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, body fluid, and even fat. Our complex bodies are made of tiny particles of energy called atoms. Through the use of incredibly strong magnets, radio waves, and computer imaging, an MRI manipulates the atoms and delivers an image of the part of the body being studied.
State of the Art and Affordable
At OID we offer our patients the most powerful magnet in the area, with the widest opening, and at the most affordable price without any hidden fees. If you're looking to cover the cost of your MRI, our self-pay rate is $550, which includes the cost of the scan and the radiologist's reading fee.
Understanding the Procedure
Making you feel safe and comfortable is our number one priority during the scan. At the time of your MRI, a technician will ask you to rest on a table and help you to feel comfortable with the support of cushions and blankets, taking special care to support the injured area. A transmitting device will be positioned next to or around the area of the body being studied. You will be offered ear protection, either earplugs or headphones, as the procedure can be noisy. Some patients choose to listen to the radio. The table is then inserted into the magnet. You may notice that you feel some vibration or warmth during the scan.
Scan times vary for each individual, depending on the part of the body being evaluated and the type of injury, but can last from 30 to 45 minutes. During the scan, your technician will communicate with you, through an intercom, every several minutes to help set your mind at ease.
Preparing for your MRI
MRI magnets range in strength, but can be three times the gravitational pull of the earth. Working with magnets of such force requires safety and preparation.
Prior to your scan, you will be given a safety questionnaire to complete. All patients at OID are asked to wear medical gowns during the procedure, to eliminate the oversight of metal and synthetic components in conventional clothing. All metallic materials, including watches, jewelry, hairpins and clips, and undergarments with metal clasps or wires, will need to be removed. Personal belongings, such as cell phones, wallets, change, credit cards, beepers, hearing aids and keys, will need to be secured. Lockers are provided for all patients.
Unless directed by your physician, your diet and medication regimen should remain the same.
If you have any questions regarding your scan, safety concerns or other specialized needs, don't hesitate to ask the technician or scheduler prior to your exam.
After your Scan
During your visit for your procedure, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to review the results and findings with your physician. Within 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, your physician will receive a report with the findings.