If you are having an ultrasound or MRI then you may have someone stay with you during your test. With an CT and X-ray we recommend to stay in the waiting room as to avoid unneeded exposure to radiation. If it is necessary to have someone with you they must wear proper protective gear.
Your doctor will be contacted within 24-48 hours after your test. Your referring physician will contact you after they have analyzed the test results.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams enable physicians to see inside the body without using X-rays. Instead, MRI creates images by using radio waves, a computer and a powerful magnet.
The average exam lasts about 45 minutes to one hour.
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a specific type of MRI scan used to show blood vessels and blood flow.
MRI can diagnose neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, meningitis, Alzheimer’s, malignant and benign tumors in the brain and other parts of the body, as well as injuries and diseases affecting the spine and other anatomical areas.
A computed tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic test that combines X-rays and computer technology that creates sectional images also known as slices of the organs, tissues or vessels.
The length of the actual CT procedure varies, depending on the type of exam, from as little as 5 minutes to as long 45 minutes.