Advantages of the Newest, Top of the Line Radiology Tools

While the education and knowledge that a physician has is critical, the instruments and equipment he or she uses are just as important. Depending on the field a doctor works within, their instruments of choice may differ. Every doctor has their stethoscopes and thermometers but working in the medical imaging field means that you have access to a variety of different machines and have to decide which will provide the best services to your patients.

For many medical imaging facilities, the machines that are most traditional may seem like a safer route. Patients make the common mistake in believing the only way to get effective medical imaging is to use a hospital’s equipment or facilities. In actuality, you could be paying less for the same results when you go to Radiologist owned private facilities like Doctors Imaging. We accept many different kinds of insurance and have the same, if not better, medical imaging equipment for the patient’s convenience.

Doctors Imaging is committed to providing the most comfortable imaging experience for their visitors. Just take a look at some of our outstanding equipment. Many patients come into Doctors Imaging requiring imaging services and yet they are afraid of possible side effects from the radiation component of the machines. Luckily for those in fear, Doctors Imaging is equipped with the latest in digital imaging innovation. Take, for instance, the Siemens Digital X-ray. In previous generations, when an x-ray was performed, the body was exposed to mass amounts of radiation to produce a high-quality image of the skeletal structures. Now, with equipment like this, there is less radiation involved. Just clear digital images that can see into the body even better than before.

Or for instance, the Siemens 3T MRI. While MRIs do not use radiation at all, the 3T MRI is the strongest MRI machine for every part of the body. The “T” in “3T” shows how strong the image quality is of the machine as MRI machines used by others are usually 1.2T and 1.5T. The high image quality corrects for slight movement from the patient, like breathing, and is performed much faster than previous forms of imaging.

For many patients, it is not the fear of radiation that keeps them from getting recommended imaging procedures, it is the fear that comes from the exams. Many patients are claustrophobic and dislike being closed in, so for them an MRI appointment would be much more difficult than an X-ray exam. For these patients, Doctors Imaging offers the Siemens Open MRI. The open portal to the MRI gives patients a bit more room to breathe and helps to combat that uneasiness. If a patient’s breathing becomes too erratic or they cannot stop nervous movement, then the procedure can take twice as long and only yield a handful of helpful results. But patients who desire an open MRI should be aware that the image quality of open MRIs is much lower than that of traditional MRIs.

If state-of-the-art equipment is what a patient is looking for then they need look no further than Doctors Imaging. As opposed to the ultrasounds of yesteryear, Doctors Imaging has 3D and 4D ultrasound capabilities. Ultrasounds use sound waves and computer technology in order to produce an image in real-time. In previous generations, the images were always in black and white, with blurry edges and if the child was not in proper placement, there is little to see of the image. With 3D and 4D ultrasounds, doctors and patients can see into their bodies digitally and the movement of blood or fetuses like never before.

Lastly, the Siemens 64 Slice CT is one of the best the imaging world has to offer. The “64 Slice” is in reference to the number of individual layers the machine can examine in one section of the body. This makes it extremely easy to determine things like blockages, plaque buildup and tumors in their beginning stages.

Our equipment, expertise, and knowledge is just as, if not better, than most hospitals and we offer the same capabilities for less. That is what makes Doctors Imaging in Metairie the best suggestion for your imaging needs. If you have other questions about our equipment, practices or methods, please contact our offices at 504-883-8111 or ask us a question online.

Open MRIs vs. Closed MRIs – Explaining MRI Equipment

MRIs are one of the best ways for doctors and patients to determine the condition of the internal body. By using a strong magnetic field and radio waves combined with computer technology, radiologists use MRI machines to take images of the body without making any type of invasive procedure.

MRIs can be used on a number of different body parts and conditions but it is most often used to diagnosis musculoskeletal conditions, cancer, or vascular abnormalities. For example, if you are having constant back pain, your doctor may want to schedule a spinal MRI to make sure you don’t have a bulging or herniated disc. Or if an athlete tears the fragile ligament or cartilage in their knee (ACL injuries are one of the most reported sports injuries) an MRI will likely have to be performed in order to determine whether surgery is necessary.

You may be wondering how a magnetic machine can take pictures of your internal organs but it is really quite easy to understand. Your body is composed of molecules and atoms that attract and react to magnetic forces. Once inside of the MRI chamber, your body will be in a magnetic field. Once your body is exposed to that magnetic field, the different kinds of atoms are rearranged through the radio signals of the MRI machine. They allow the computer mechanisms to form an accurate picture of the internal organs. This way if a certain part of the body is diseased, injured or enlarged, the atoms will transmit their abnormality through radio signals and once the image is formed, doctors can see that something is incorrect and can further investigate.

The aforementioned process occurs in any MRI procedure regardless of the kind of MRI equipment being used. The traditional forms of MRIs are high fiels and closed, meaning that circular magnetic mechanism makes a complete circle. This is the best way to get accurate and diagnostic pictures. However, some patients complain about a feeling of claustrophobia or just being uncomfortable inside the MRI chamber. So in 1996, an open MRI was invented. An open MRI allows for patients to feel lees confined. Because of its design, the open MRI has an incomplete magnetic circle chamber but it also allows for patients to feel more relaxed. The major disadvantage to having an open MRI is that the quality of your images will not be as good as those taken in a regular high field MRI. Because the magnet cannot make a full revolution, the radio signals can become slightly distorted. You will still have a fully recognizable internal image, it just may not be to the quality that a high field MRI would give you. At Doctors Imaging we offer both types of MRI.

If you need to have an MRI performed, speak to your doctor about the options and types of procedure you can have performed. If you are too nervous about the results of the exam or worried about a feeling of claustrophobia, your doctor may be able to prescribe a light sedative or have calming music played during your procedure. Since MRIs are a form of medical imaging, patient movement can be a time-consuming problem. When patients during move during their procedure, the images can be blurry or incomplete. This means that the process has to begin again, costing more time. At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we aim to make our patients feel as comfortable and welcome about their procedures as well as any questions they may have. We offer the use of a 3T MRI or open MRI machine, the strongest available machines for routine imaging procedures in the efforts to give our patients the best imaging. If you have scheduled your appointment and have more questions about our MRI equipment, we want our patients to know that they can call anytime and speak to a representative about their procedures, what should be done before, costs and results.

You can get in touch with our specialists by calling 504-883-8111 or through this form.