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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) does not use X-rays but rather creates detailed images using a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer. It is non-invasive and painless.
Our Wide-bore MRI unit, with expanded headroom, increases accessibility for claustrophobic patients who previously sought out open MRI systems. Our unit is also designed to accommodate a wider range of body types in comfort.
Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus has the only Wide-bore unit in the Castle Rock area.
An MRI exam requires a physician referral. Once our scheduling department receives the order for the MRI from the referring physician we will call you to schedule an appointment and complete the necessary registration over the phone. With pre-registration complete you will then need to arrive the day of your appointment only 15 minutes prior. Sometimes the urgency of the test precludes pre-registration and then we ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the time of your appointment to complete the necessary paperwork. Please come prepared with your insurance card, photo ID and co-payment. Insurance co-payments are due at the time of service.
Convenient parking for patients is located in front of our entrance. Patients should enter through our main entrance and turn to the left to check in at our Imaging Registration desk.
Dressing rooms with gowns and lockers are available for personal items and valuables. Patients should remove all metal objects (i.e. jewelry, watches or glasses).
No special preparation is needed prior to an MRI. Please notify the technologist of any surgically implanted metal devices you may have such as a cardiac pacemaker, artificial heart valve, implanted drug infusion port, intrauterine device (IUD), or any pins, metallic implants, aneurysm clips or Cochlear implants
The MRI technologist will assist you onto a padded table. The table will move slowly into the magnet opening. The MRI is open at both ends, is well lit and sufficiently ventilated to provide a comfortable experience. The MRI is a loud test and patients will hear sounds similar to a drumbeat as images are formed. Earplugs are used to minimize the noise. Patients are alone in the room during the scan, however, the technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times.
Your MRI results will be sent to your referring physician. For your records we are happy to provide you with a CD of your MRI.
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