MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging


As one of the first inpatient and outpatient MRI providers in the region since 1991, and today with the newest 1.5 Tesla 16 channel GE EchoSpeed MRI scanner in Stockton, we continue to provide complete services of advanced medical imaging with the experience of Board-certified and Fellowship-trained Radiologist Physicians. We are a fully Accreditied Magnetic Resonance Facility, awarded by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories (ICAMRL) division of the Intersocietal Accrediation Commission (IAC) in the following areas:

MRI Accreditation Seal
  • Body MRI
  • Musculoskeletal MRI
  • Neurological MRI
  • Body and Neurological MRA

Please contact our office for information on imaging protocols and scheduling.

Referring Physicians can request MRI scans with or without contrast for the following protocols (for patients 60 years of age and older, for contrast scans please provide us with a recent Blood GFR value):

  • Brain
  • Brain Seizure
  • Pituitary
  • Skull Base
  • Orbits
  • Spine Cervical
  • Abdomen
  • MRCP
  • Neck
  • Spine Thoracic
  • Spine Lumbar
  • Pelvis
  • IAC
  • Joints (please specify)
  • Joint MR Arthrogram (please specify)
  • Other (please specify)
  • MR Angiogram:
    • Brain
    • Brain (no contrast)
    • Neck/ Carotid
    • Thoracic Aorta
    • Abdominal Aorta
    • Aorto-Femoral Runoff
    • Renal

What is MRI and how does it work? MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and uses a computer to interpret information from a giant magnet. The traditional MRI machine looks like a short tunnel with a narrow bed in it. The patient should wear loose clothing and must empty his/her pockets of metallic objects, credit cards, or any object which might be affected by the MRI's powerful magnetic field. The patient lies down on the bed, then the bed is moved into the tunnel surrounding the patient with four magnetic coils and the components of a transciever. The giant magnetic coils around the cylinder generate a magnetic field which lines up the body's hydrogen atoms. A radio wave pulse is sent which causes the hydrogen atoms to vibrate. The computer measures the speed at which the hydrogen atoms return to normal and uses that information to create an image of the patient's body on a computer monitor.

MRI Accreditation Certificate

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