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What Is An MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, uses a combination of magnetic fields, radio waves, and powerful computers to generate an image for a radiologist or your physician to view. These can be digitally on a computer screen, or printed onto film. MRI is completely non-invasive and painless, and does not use radiation as with x-ray or CT scanning. The use of an MRI can reduce the need for exploratory surgery, as the physician is able to see important clinical information through this diagnostic imaging.

What Is An Open MRI?

At Arista Medical Imaging, we offer the use of an open MRI, which can significantly reduce the instances of claustrophobia that can be associated with a traditional, closed MRI. Open MRI units are generally quieter, more comfortable, and have more open space than a traditional closed MRI, and still produce excellent, high quality images.

What Can I Expect?

At Arista Medical Imaging, we make it our priority to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. A technologist will be visible to you from an adjacent room, and you will be able to speak with the technologist via an intercom system.

During the exam, you will be lying on a table that slides between the magnets. It is important that you lie as still as possible during the exam, as movement from your body will affect the quality of the images.

Important Information

Please notify us prior to scheduling if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have a brain aneurysm clip.
  • You suspect or know that you are pregnant or nursing.
  • You have had a recent surgery (within 6 weeks) with surgical clips/pins/plates in the skin or inside the body.
  • You have ANY implanted devices of any kind that have a magnet or battery.
  • You have EVER had an incident where a metal fragment entered your eye? Was the metal taken out?

If any of the following applies to you, you may NOT have a MRI exam:

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Things To Know
  • If you are anxious before your exam, be sure to cut back on caffeine prior to the test. Ask a family member or friend to accompany you, and if you have severe anxiety, call and ask your physician if they can prescribe you a sedative.
  • You may bring a favorite CD or choose from our selection of music to listen to during the exam.
  • There are no restrictions on what you may or may not eat or drink prior to the exam, and you should take your regular medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing without any metal embellishments or buttons. We can also provide a paper gown for you to wear during the exam.
  • All jewelry, watches, and body piercings must be removed prior to the exam.
  • Please plan to be at our facility for approximately 90 minutes to allow for the exam, paperwork, and waiting for your images to be produced.
  • Please bring all insurance information, including your insurance card. You may also be responsible for a deductible or co-payment, so be sure to check with your insurance provider.
Meet The Owner

Martin J. Farrell: The most generous people I have ever met were the poverty stricken Brazilians I encountered on a missions trip I took in 1992. It amazed me to see people who had so little giving us whatever they did have to welcome us to their village. That made an impression on me that has stayed with me until this day because it goes against what we typically experience with scarcity. In our own homes or businesses, when we start making less money, we tend to stop giving. We revise our budgets. We cut out what we deem unnecessary. And what we sometimes lose in that process is generosity. The medical industry is not immune to this phenomenon. In a time of lower reimbursements and uncertainty of the things to come, our first reaction is to look for ways to cut. The result tends to be a change in the patient experience and the customer service levels – impacting the welcome, the generosity that should exist in the care of patients.

Soon after that trip I started college and began working at a company called Fonar Corporation to help pay for school. The inventor of the MRI, Raymond Damadian, MD, started that company to manufacture the first MRI scanner. Working at the company that changed the way we diagnose and ultimately treat patients inspired me. Getting to walk around the halls of a company that made such a contribution to medicine filled me with a purpose to do more than just average or good work.

I started Arista Medical Imaging in 2006 to be an example in this way – to be the best, the brightest. I want every patient that comes to our centers to experience one thing – genuine care. It is what all our employees strive for; it is what motivates us in all we do. We care. We are welcoming. We are generous. We are Arista.

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