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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is among the safest and most comfortable medical imaging procedures available.

With the ability to tailor the exam to a particular medical question and the unparalleled view it provides inside the body, MRI is the imaging option of choice for the diagnosis of many types of injuries and conditions.

MRI can image virtually any part of the body, including the brain, spine, internal organs, muscle groups, tendons and ligaments, bones, central nervous system, and flowing blood in virtually any part of the body to distinguish possible areas of concern.

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MRI is Ideal for:

  • Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Diagnosing tumors of the brain
  • Diagnosing strokes in their earliest stages
  • Diagnosing infections in the brain, spine, abdomen or joints
  • Diagnosing tendonitis
  • Visualizing torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle, shoulder, and Elbow
  • Evaluating masses in the soft tissues of the body, abdomen, or pelvis
  • Evaluating bone tumors, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine
  • Evaluating the arteries and veins throughout the body

How does MRI work?

Utilizing a powerful magnet in conjunction with radio waves to cause tissues in the body to take on specific appearances, MRI allows the radiologist to isolate specific areas or systems for analysis and comparison to healthy tissue. MRI essentially takes slices like slicing a loaf of bread, in any direction, (top-bottom/ side-to side, or front to back).

How Our MRI Technology is different

The Imaging Center of Idaho offers the newest ultra short-bore, open design high field MRI. The Toshiba Vantage Atlas offers patented Pianissimo Technology which reduces acoustic noise by as much as 60 - 90% over other closed bore scanners. Noise associated with MRI is one of the most significant causes of patient discomfort.

What can I expect?

At the Imaging Center of Idaho, all of our exams are tailored to the specific needs of the patient, their condition, and their referring physician. A tailored MRI exam consists of several different imaging sequences, each one having unique characteristics, and multiple pictures that allow the radiologist to distinguish normal tissues from injured/abnormal/diseased tissue.

What Do I Have to Do?

During the MRI, patients are required to remain completely still during each imaging sequence, which may last 2 to 6 minutes or a total exam time of 30 to 60 minutes. This is a non-invasive procedure so patients can relax and often nap during these tests.

Patient Comfort

The Imaging Center of Idaho is designed with patient comfort in mind. Our MR suite is large and spacious with large southwest facing windows for comforting natural lighting, where patients may relax and listen to their favorite Satellite radio station while undergoing their exams. Our accredited, highly trained technologists will make every effort to make even the most anxious patient comfortable.

For your protection we have a pair of scrubs or a gown you will need to change into due to safety while in the MRI.

MRI is not for everyone

Patients who have the following may not be able to have a MRI test:

  • Pacemakers/defibrillators or pacing wires
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Inner ear implant
  • Spinal stimulators or Brain stimulators
  • Brain Aneurysm Clips (the newer aneurysm clips may be MRI compatible. Your surgeon should be able to provide any documentation regarding the composition of the clip)

MRI Pre-procedure Checklist

There is no special preparation for most MRI's exam. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing such as a sweat-suit without metal snaps for zippers. The Imaging Center of Idaho offers hospital scrubs tops and bottoms to wear if needed.

For our patient's safety, we ask patients to remove all hairpins, body piercings, watches, and most jewelry before entering the MRI scan room. It is best to leave your valuables at home. If you are going to have an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your exam.

Dr. Chris Malcom

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While Dr. Malcom treats a variety of patients, he also specializes in the treatment of vein disease, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy needing sclerotherapy or other vein surgery. He is one of the lead trainers, ensuring all vein doctors are able to carry out care at a high level but affordable price.

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Patient Testimonials

Misty Scott
Misty Scott

I had a pretty great experience here. Check in was easy since most of it was done over the phone prior to arrival. I was well taken care of during the whole imaging process. I was a little nervous but that went away quickly while being talked through the whole process and during the process. Very great staff!

Michael Dill
Michael Dill

They went above and beyond to help my diagnosis. The Ultrasound technician looked at my prostate, but it appeared normal, so she explored my abdomen. She then found a hernia! I believe it would have gone undetected and untreated if not for her persistence. Thanks to ALL at Imaging and Vein Center of Idaho for a positive experience during a scary time.

Dan and Amy Warner
Dan and Amy Warner

Everyone has been wonderful and very caring. Thank you all for everything. Oh and you really need to get banana flavored contrast drinks.😁

Susanne Buckley
Susanne Buckley

This staff and service was fantastic. They got me in the day after I called to make an appointment. Cash pay price was VERY reasonable. I highly recommend this facility.

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We are driven by empathy and compassion and strive for our patients to have a good experience and successful exam. Every technologist is extensively educated in their field and is not only experienced, but also caring and committed to capturing the best diagnostic images.

Offering Board Certified Radiologists with subspecialities in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Body, Breast, Interventional and General Radiology.

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WE'LL HELP YOUR PHYSICIAN MAKE A GOOD ASSESSMENT

When you're getting ready for an imaging service to verify your healthcare provider's diagnosis, to check in on your new baby or to assess the damage your fall has done to your ankle, you need a variety of things. You'll need cutting-edge equipment to get a deeper view of your bodily systems, a friendly technologist to ease you through the imaging process and a knowledgeable radiologist to walk you through the results. You can count on the Imaging Center of Idaho to provide ideal imaging services.

Call 208-454-0742 now to learn more about our imaging services.

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WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE?

The Imaging Center of Idaho offers a wide range of imaging services to provide you and your physician with an understanding of what's going on inside your body. Our imaging services include:

MRI

MRI is a safe method of obtaining detailed pictures of internal body structures with the use of magnetic field and the radio frequency pulses.

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ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging (also called “sonography”) uses high-frequency sound waves to create visual images of the internal body structures.

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X-RAY FLUOROSCOPY

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.

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