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MRI Scans

24/7 Imaging Tests in Lancaster: Quick & Accurate Diagnosis

Thanks to round-the-clock imaging tests such as MRI scans, our physicians can make quick, accurate diagnoses and formulate a treatment plan for patients right away. At Antelope Valley Hospital, the MRI scans last about 30 to 45 minutes.

Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as MRI scanning, uses signals emitted by your organs, soft tissues, bone, and other internal body structures to gather clinical images and then processed by software. These signals are generated using a safe magnetic field in combination with radio waves to produce detailed pictures without the use of radiation. MRIs are often used as a primary diagnostic tool. The images help inform a quick, accurate diagnosis from your physician.

MRI scans can be used to examine all body parts and may be used to evaluate conditions such as:

  • Brain disorders
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Eye abnormalities
  • Spine diseases
  • Tumor detection
  • Liver and abdominal diseases
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Facial and neck abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Cardiac malformations
  • Blood flow and vessel disorders

What to Expect from an MRI Scan

For most patients, no preparation is required for an MRI scan. They can eat normally and perform their daily routines without interruption while taking their prescribed medications as usual, unless directed otherwise. Some MRI exams do require some preparation, such as fasting. If this is the case, you’ll be informed either by our scheduling department or your physician what prep is required and whether medication can be taken as prescribed. If you are pregnant, please notify your physician before having an MRI exam.

Before entering the MRI room, you’ll be asked to remove any items not compatible with the magnetic field. Once the exam begins, you will hear a series of knocking sounds. These sounds are normal and represent changes in the magnetic field. You will be asked to remain as still as possible. When the exam is finished, the technologist will help you off the table and out of the scan room.

This non‑invasive procedure has no known side or after‑effects. Many patients find the process so relaxing they fall asleep during the exam. It’s important to inform the technologist of any implants inside your body as some of these may pose a safety risk if exposed to the magnetic fields.

Our Technology: G.E. 1.5 Telsa Short Bore Scanner

Our MRI unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which operates a GE 1.5 Tesla Short Bore Magnet. The department excels at non-invasive angiography---this low risk procedure allows our radiologists and vascular surgeons to make important patient care decisions without the inherent risks of invasive procedures such conventional angiography.

Check with your physician’s office for the appropriate preparation for your test or call the Radiology Department at 661‑949‑5705.

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