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    What Are Your Rights as a Patient?

    Last updated 1 day 3 hours ago

    All patients have certain rights, some of which are mandated by federal law. For example, federal law has established that you have the right to keep your medical records private and to obtain a copy of your medical records. Furthermore, many states provide for additional patient rights. Individual healthcare facilities, such as MRI centers, may also have their own patient bill of rights.

    One of the most important patient rights is the right to informed consent. Informed consent means that you must be provided with the information you need to make a decision about your healthcare. You have the right to either refuse or consent to treatment. Some of the additional rights your healthcare facility may mandate can include the right to having results sent to your physician within 24 hours of taking an MRI or other exam. You may also have the right to compassionate patient care delivered by highly qualified professionals.

    At Advanced Medical Imaging, we adhere to strict standards of patient rights, including the right to prompt, compassionate service. Residents of Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder can reach our MRI center at (303) 647-6504 or visit us online to view our services. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Examining the Different Types of Brain Scans

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Brain imaging enables your physician to view the various structures of your brain. Your physician may recommend a brain scan, such as an MRI exam, for diagnosis, treatment planning, or follow-up care. If you’re anticipating a brain scan at an MRI center, you can call the clinic ahead of time to learn what you can expect and how you should prepare.

    Computed Tomography (CT)
    For a CT scan, you’ll lie on a special table that is inserted into the CT scanner. The scanner moves around the head, transmitting X-rays from multiple directions. The information is sent to a computer, which produces horizontal images, or “slices,” of the brain. CT scans offer more highly detailed images, as opposed to standard X-rays. CT scans may be performed with or without contrast dye.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    An MRI test uses radio wave energy and a strong magnetic field to produce images of the brain. This test does not use any radiation. As with a CT scan, you’ll be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the scanner. You’ll be asked to remain as still as possible to enable clear images.

    Flow-Sensitive MRI (FS MRI)
    Your physician may recommend having an FS MRI if he or she is planning treatment for a spinal cord tumor, skull base tumor, or a tumor that is resulting in fluid accumulation on the brain. An FS MRI involves the combination of images of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow with functional MRI.

    Functional MRI (fMRI)
    Functional MRI is similar to a standard MRI exam. However, the images are produced in a much faster sequence. This enables your physician to evaluate how your brain is utilizing oxygen. Functional MRI is particularly helpful for planning surgery and during surgery.

    Advanced Medical Imaging is pleased to serve residents of Denver, Lakewood, Boulder and beyond with exceptional radiology services, including MRI exams, CT scans, and many others. You can view a list of our radiology services on our website. Or, call our MRI center at (303) 647-6504 with any questions you may have. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

     

    The Many Uses for Radiology

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Radiology is critical for the proper care of patients. It is used in multiple settings, including in the emergency room, in the inpatient setting, and for outpatients visiting an MRI center. Radiology includes exams such as MRIs, CT scans, ultrasound, x-rays, and bone scans. Additionally, radiology encompasses some semi-invasive procedures, such as biopsies.

    Hear more about the many uses of radiology by watching this interview with a physician. He explains some of the therapeutic uses of radiology and discusses its importance in delivering an accurate diagnosis to patients.

    Advanced Medical Imaging is an MRI center that offers a wide array of radiology services, including CT scans, bone scans, and biopsies. Those in the Lakewood, Denver, and Boulder areas can contact our MRI center at (303) 647-6504 to arrange an appointment. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Spotlight on Vein Treatments

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Varicose veins can be both cosmetically unappealing and medically dangerous. Many people find them frustrating because of their noticeable appearance, but doctors dislike them because they can cause life-threatening blood clots. However, several minimally invasive techniques can quickly and safely treat varicose veins.

    Phlebectomy is one option for varicose vein sufferers. Using minute incisions, a physician can physically remove the affected veins. A doctor can also use laser therapy to close varicose veins and reroute the blood they carry to other vessels. A third option is sclerotherapy. This highly popular varicose vein treatment involves the use of a special solution that a physician can inject into the damaged vein, causing it to collapse. No matter the type of varicose vein treatment sought, they can all diminish the appearance of swollen veins under the skin and minimize the chance of hazardous blood clots.

    Advanced Medical Imaging provides varicose vein treatment through St. Anthony’s Hospital North. Call (303) 647-6504 to learn more about our varicose vein removal options for the greater Denver community. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    A Look at How MRIs Work

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Medical imaging can greatly improve patient assessment and treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging in particular is a popular type of imaging test. This procedure not only can provide detailed images of nearly all body parts, but also can create these images without the use of radiation. As previous patients can attest, MRIs are safe, convenient, and effective for those who receive them.

    Patient Preparation
    Because MRIs use magnetic energy to create images, patients must be free of any items or devices that could distort the frequencies directed at their bodies during the procedure. That is why some MRI providers might recommend that patients wear only a robe rather than their own clothing that might contain metal components such as zippers. Patients must also take off all jewelry that could pose a problem. Before undergoing such a test, patients should likewise talk to their doctors about any implanted medical devices that might compromise MRI results.

    Procedure Process
    The MRI procedure is typically a very comfortable test for patients. In some cases, a patient may receive a contrast dye injection; otherwise, all MRI recipients need only lie still on a table for the duration of the procedure. This table moves into the scanning device that emits magnetic energy toward the patient. Some individuals may note that the MRI process can be noisy, but for the comfort of their patients, many MRI providers offer headphones to ease this minor distraction. Depending on the purpose of the MRI, many patients can complete the procedure in less than an hour.

    Test Results
    Traditional x-ray imaging may not yield detailed images of organs and soft tissues that physicians need, which is why MRIs have become integral in the analysis of these body parts. Because an MRI can create crisp photographs of the kidneys, liver, spine, heart, and even blood vessels, it can help medical professionals make more precise diagnoses and treat more successfully the illnesses and injuries that affect these regions of the body.

    Do you have more questions about MRIs? Then call Advanced Medical Imaging in Denver at (303) 647-6504 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable associates. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.




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