State-of-the-Art Imaging Services

Our highly trained staff and convenient locations throughout North Carolina enable all regions of EmergeOrtho to provide innovative MRI services to help us diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. Our imaging services have earned national recognition for excellence through accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR is the gold standard in medical imaging.

“MRI” stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a common diagnostic imaging test that a physician orders to detect abnormalities that might exist in the musculoskeletal system. These scans assist EmergeOrtho providers in diagnosing a wide range of conditions from torn knee ligaments to fractures.

We offer various types of MRIs depending upon location. These include:

Traditional MRI

An MRI is a noninvasive, painless test that uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnet to create images of the inside of your body. Because an MRI uses a magnet, there is no exposure to radiation, making the scans very safe. Some of our service areas have access to mobile MRI services.

Open MRI (available at our Triangle Region)

This type of MRI has a larger scanning area, which is more comfortable for many patients.

Wide Bore (available at our Triangle Region)

Not every type of MRI is offered at every location. Please contact us for more information on services offered at the location nearest you.

What happens during an MRI?

First, you’ll be taken to a private dressing area in the MRI suite where you will be asked to change into a patient gown. Because the MRI uses powerful magnets, you should not wear anything metal — including metal buttons, jewelry and zippers.

Then, our technologist will position you on a padded table, which will slide into the scanner. We will make sure that you are not placed in an uncomfortable position.

It is important that you remain as still as possible during the test so that the pictures are not blurred. However, you should relax and breathe normally. (You may even take a nap if you wish.)

During the test, none of the equipment will move. You will hear rhythmic knocking sounds as the scanner works. This is normal. The examination is made up of a series of several short imaging sequences. The entire exam should take from 30-45 minutes. The technologist will control the exam from another room but can see, hear and talk with you at all times.

If you are claustrophobic, please let our technologist know. We can provide medications to help you relax. However, if you need to take this medication, you will need to have someone drive you home after your exam.

Who should NOT have an MRI scan?

Most patients with joint replacements and other orthopedic hardware may still be scanned. Remember to bring any implant cards to your appointment.

However, if you have any of the following conditions, please let your technologist know before your scan:

  • Cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator (ICD)
  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Ear or eye implants
  • Implanted pumps or devices
  • Implanted neuro or bone stimulator devices
  • Pregnant
  • Heart valve replacements
  • Work with metal in your occupation
  • Other prosthetic devices
  • Metal fragments in the eye
  • Stents or filters

After the exam, your physician will discuss the results with you during a follow-up appointment.

What is a CT or CAT scan?

A CT or CAT scan is a computerized axial tomography scan. It is an X-ray procedure which combines many X-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body. A large, donut-shaped X-ray machine takes X-ray images at many different angles around the body. These images are processed by a computer to produce cross-sectional pictures.

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