DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IN MONTEREY COUNTY
One of the most comprehensive diagnostic tools available to modern medicine
is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This device uses a combination of
magnetic field, radio waves, and computers to create a detailed picture
of the body’s organs and tissue. MRIs can diagnose a number of conditions,
and are usually recommended by doctors after other diagnostic tests have
failed to yield substantial results.
MRI testing is available at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic. Our medical
staff is trained and experienced in using the device and reviewing results
for accurate diagnosis.
In an MRI test, you lie face up on a table that slides into a large, body
encompassing tube. The opening of the tube remains open, but some patients
feel claustrophobic inside the device. If you feel anxious, ask your doctor
for a sedative and keep in mind that most scanners have an intercom so
that you can remain in contact during the scan.
Once you are in the tube, the machine makes a noise and begins to move
around you, using the magnetic field to capture energy and send images
to the computer. The process is painless and there is no radiation exposure.
There are no significant risks in MRI scanning, but you should inform
your doctor if you have a pace maker or metal implant as the magnetic
field can interfere with these devices.
Spectrum MRI is a physician-owned diagnostic MRI imaging center within
the Regional Orthopedic Care Center. Our scheduling staff and technicians
deliver timely appointments and quality orthopedic MRI scans using a 1.5
T General Electric scanner.
Designed for the patient, the openness of the Spectrum MRI suite helps
the patient feel relaxed throughout their visit. Fellowship-trained radiologists
specializing in spine and musculoskeletal imaging review your Spectrum
MRI images and report the findings. Complex MRI scans are reviewed by
We are able to diagnose a number of hard to spot issues that in the past
could only be found with open surgery. An MRI provides a convenient, safe
way for patients to receive imaging tests without being admitted to the hospital.
MRIs can diagnose:
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Stroke damage
- Blocked or torn blood vessels
- Organ infections
- Abnormalities on the spine
Salinas Valley Medical Clinic is prepared to perform MRI scans on patients
who have a doctor’s recommendation. Your MRI test results are available
to your doctor 24-48 hours after you complete the scan. Precision Orthopedics
patients will review their results with their surgeon at an office visit
usually within 1 or 2 days.