Physicians at any location can order an MRI at Spencer Open MRI and in most cases same day scheduling can be provided.
Services are billed in a clinical setting. With many major insurance providers, only the office co-pay applies. Patients are asked to check with their insurance provider prior to the exam or to contact the billing office at Spencer Open MRI, toll-free, 1-888-580-3023.
This website is intended to provide information only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. In a medical emergency, please call 911 or go immediately to the hospital.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI as it is more commonly known, is an extremely valuable diagnostic imaging tool that is utilized by physicians to accurately diagnose injuries and medical conditions. MRI is very safe. It does not use x-rays, but instead uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce very thin slices of human anatomy that is second to none when compared to other imaging modalities. Having an MRI performed can help in the early detection and diagnosis of many health related issues which will allow physicians to promptly and accurately deal with any treatment needed.
There is no special preparation needed. You may take all medications as directed and may eat and drink as you normally would. If your exam has any special instructions, you will be contacted prior to your exam by our staff.
If you wish, you may wear comfortable clothing without any metal. Otherwise, you will be given shorts and a shirt to change into prior to the procedure.
If you have been prescribed any medication due to claustrophobia or pain, make sure that you have someone that can drive you to and from your MRI appointment.
When you arrive for your exam, there will be some paperwork that will have to be filled out. A very important part of this is a screening form. Because you will be going into a strong magnetic field, there will be certain types of metallic implants that are not allowed in the MRI machine. The following are just a few of the implants that must be screened prior to entering the MRI room: Pacemakers, defibrillators, aneurysm clips, stents, etc. Please be sure to pay very close attention to the screening form and inform the MRI Tech if you have any of those devices.
Before entering the scan room, you will be asked to remove any other metallic objects you have on such as jewelry, glasses, dentures, etc.
Before starting the procedure, it will be thoroughly explained to you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. At that point, you will be positioned on a table and made as comfortable as possible. The exam will take approximately 45 minutes to perform, depending upon the type of exam ordered. It is very important to stay in the same position from the beginning of the exam to the end. Any movement (especially of the body part being examined) may cause blurring on the pictures and can add time to your exam if those need to be repeated. The MRI machine makes a thumping or buzzing sound as it records your information. In between the sets of pictures, you will be able to talk with the technician. During the scan you will be provided with an emergency button to press if for any reason you need to contact the MRI tech during the scanning portion of the exam.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us or stop in anytime during normal business hours. Remember that our MRI machine caters to people who are claustrophobic, above average in size, as well as anyone who would prefer a more open MRI experience. We also encourage you to contact your referring physician if you are extremely claustrophobic and if you think you will need any anti-anxiety medicine prior to your MRI exam.
We usually have same day appointments available.
Usually we have the reports back within 24 hours. Infrequently, additional time may be needed.