ACR Accredited MRI
VSAS Orthopaedics has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in MRI as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. they assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
What is MRI?
MRI is a scanning technique that allows your doctor to see areas of your body without the use of x-rays. With a large magnet and radio frequencies, we can provide detailed images of internal body structures. MRI is considered an extremely safe procedure for most people, but because of high magnetic field and radio frequencies there are some people who cannot have an MRI.
Before the test you will be asked to fill out a screening form asking about anything that might create a health risk or interfere with imaging.
You cannot have an MRI if you have:
- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Cerebral Aneurysm Clips
If you have ever had exposure to metal fragments in or around the eyes, you will need to go for orbit x-rays prior to your MRI study.
To expect & how to prepare
You will be asked to change into a gown to wear during your MRI study.
You will be asked to remove ALL:
- Jewelry (including body piercing jewelry)
- Hair Clips
- Hearing Aids
- Belt Buckles
- Electronic Devices (such as beepers and cell phones)
- Purse and/or Wallet
Your test will take 45-60 minutes depending on the type of test required. Children 13 and younger may have a parent present in the MRI room.
Parents also must fill out a screening form and change into a gown.
Hearing protection is required
We will offer earplugs or headphones with music. You may bring your own CD if you want, but NO iPods.
In general, there are no known risks associated with performing an MRI on a pregnant woman. However, there have been no studies done on long term effects. It is standard MRI safety to only perform scans on pregnant women for medically necessary reasons. Please let the technologist know if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant prior to the test.
Our MRI is an “open” design. Depending on what type of test, you will be in the middle of the scanner. Some patients may feel confined or closed in. Our technologists will be able to talk you through the test.