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At Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, we make it easy to get an affordable MRI scan in the Dallas-Fort Worth area without sacrificing quality. Learn more about receiving an MRI scan and what you can expect from Gateway Diagnostic Imaging.
MRI is short for “magnetic resonance imaging.” This scan can provide you with a detailed, 3-dimensional image of the inside of your body using magnets and radio waves. Unlike an X-ray, MRI machines don’t use radiation.
An MRI exam is non-invasive and painless, letting your doctor take a look at your organs, skeletal structures, and tissues with one simple scan. Your doctor might order an MRI exam to check for cancer, joint issues, spinal issues, soft tissue injuries, or issues with your internal organs.
When you arrive for your MRI exam, you’ll be asked to change into a cotton gown. Because the MRI machine uses magnets, you can’t have any metal in or on your body during the exam, so you’ll need to remove any jewelry or other metal.
To begin the exam, you’ll lie down on the machine’s table, which will slide into a large cylinder. The MRI technologist will talk you through the scan using an intercom inside the machine. During the scan, you’ll hear noises such as tapping, knocking, and banging. To help you with those sounds, you’ll receive headphones and can choose the type of music you want to listen to. Depending on the reason for the scan, an MRI scan might take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
We know MRI exams are often costly. Compared to hospital MRI exams, our patients see up to 400% cost savings. We work with all major insurance companies, accept CareCredit®, and have financial assistance programs available to ensure you can access the exams you need.
Gateway Diagnostic Imaging makes MRI exams easy by offering extended hours at our 12 convenient locations and Fast Scan technology, reducing scan times. Our goal is to get you the medical imaging you need at a time and place that’s best for you.
At Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, we offer 3T wide-bore MRI at all locations. This means a reduced scan time, high-resolution images and enhanced detection of abnormalities, and a lower risk of distortion or the need for a repeat scan. These machines are also more comfortable, lead to less anxiety and claustrophobia, and can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds.
MRI results are typically available within a few days, but your provider will inform you about when and how you’ll receive them.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without metal zippers, buttons, or underwire bras.
Generally, there are no dietary restrictions, but it’s best to check with your provider about medications and specific preparations.
Bring a form of photo ID and any referral or documentation provided by your healthcare provider.
MRI is non-invasive and uses no radiation, but always inform your technologist about implants, tattoos, or any medical conditions before the scan.
The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical tube with a table in the middle where patients lie down.
Yes, MRI machines can be quite loud, producing clicking and thumping sounds, but ear protection or music is often provided.
The cost of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan can vary significantly depending on various factors such as:
You will need a referral from a healthcare provider to schedule an MRI. Healthcare providers, such as your primary care doctor or a specialist, typically order imaging tests like MRIs based on your symptoms, medical history, or the need for further evaluation. They assess whether an MRI is necessary for your specific situation. In addition, your healthcare providers referral and clinical notes are typically used by your insurance to verify and approve coverage for the MRI scan.
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