Open MRI at Victory Sports Medicine - Experience the Advantages!
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available. It combines a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed pictures of your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue . MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctor to examine your injury.  MRI is widely used to diagnose sport-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. The images allow Dr. Marc Pietropaoli and the other providers at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics to see even very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.
Open MRI - Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics:
The Open MRI at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics was designed with patient comfort in mind.   It features a pavilion-style shielding system. This allows for the MRI technologist to be in the same room as the patient during the scan.  It’s a scanner with an open style magnet that has no “tunnel effect.” This gives us the added ability to accommodate claustrophobic patients who cannot be scanned in other systems.

Your choice of music is also provided to help you relax during the MRI exam.  If need be, in most instances, a family member or friend can accompany the patient into the scan room.

Additional Benefits:
  • Board certified, fellowship trained Radiologists
  • Facility accreditated by the American College of Radiology
  • Convenient, same day appointments
  • Quiet, comfortable & safe setting
  • Fast turnaround and accurate reports
  • Less cost compared to hospitals
S-Scan Open MRI
The Gold Seal
American College of Radiology
When you see the ACR gold seal, it means that the Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Open MRI facility has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. Our facility and its personnel have gone through a rigorous and comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.
Our Partner:
PROSCAN Reading Services
Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics has partnered with ProScan Reading Services. The ProScan radiology team is comprised of highly specialized, board-certified, and fellowship-trained radiologists. ProScan has one of the most extensive case experiences in the world and are recognized experts in all facets of advanced imaging, including orthopaedics and sports medicine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

MRI

A: MRI is a way of looking inside the body without x-rays.  The MRI exam uses radiowaves and a magnetic field to create digital images of the soft tissues of the body.

 

A: You will be asked to lay on a table and the technologist will position you comfortably.  The table will be slid sideways into the open magnet.  Only the extremity being imaged will be in the magnet opening, so your head and body will remain outside the magnet.  You will be asked to remain still during the MRI examination.

 

A: Most MRI exams take less than an hour to complete.

 

A: Magnetic resonance imaging is very safe. There are no health risks associated with the magnetic field or radio waves used during the exam.

In addition, Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Open MRI has received the gold standard of accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).  To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

MRI Seal

Some special circumstances limit the use of a magnetic field, so it is important for you to tell us if any of the following apply to you or someone accompanying you into the exam room:

  • Cardiac pacemaker or artificial heart valve
  • Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Intrauterine device, such as Copper-7 IUD
  • Insulin pump or other infusion pump
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Previous gunshot wound
  • Inner ear implant
  • Ever been a metal worker (had metal in eye)

Any metallic substance on your person can affect the quality of the diagnostic images. It can also cause injury or discomfort to you when placed in the magnetic field, and may exclude you from the exam.

Also, be sure to tell us if you are pregnant.

 

A: MR images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information.  Your provide will review the images and the Radiologist report with you during your follow-up visit after the MRI exam.

 

A: You can eat, drink and take regularly-prescribed medications prior to the MRI exam.  If you will be having a leg exam, you can bring some shorts to wear.  If you are female and will be having an arm exam or an exam of an upper body part, we recommend that you wear or bring a tank top.

Prior to the MRI exam, you will be asked to remove your watch, credit cards, jewelry, keys, pocket knife, hearing aid, or any other metal objects before approaching the MRI machine.  The magnet could affect the items of this type and/or the items could affect the magnet.

 

A: Nothing! Just lie on the exam table and relax.  You will be free to read, listen to the music or sleep during the MRI exam.

 

 

A: No, there is no pain, vibration or unusual sensation.  The MRI will produce a mild tapping sound during the exam.  However, we provide your choice of music to listen to during the MRI exam.