Insight Imaging

Insight Imaging

Insight Imaging offers two mobile MRI modules. The closed unit is 1.5 Tesla and is offered during the  weekdays. The open unit (mostly used for those patients that are highly claustrophobic and/or overweight) is also 1.5 Tesla and is offered on Sundays.

INSIGHT IMAGING OFFERS 24 HOUR TURN AROUND TIME FOR RESULTS AND SPEEDY SCHEDULING!

CLOSED AND OPEN MRI UNITS ARE BOTH AVAILABLE.

Services We Offer

MRI’s and MRA’s Offered at Insight Imaging

Head MRI

  • MRI Brain
  • Pituitary
  • I.A.C
  • Orbits
  • MS Protocol

Spine MRI

  • Cervical Spine
  • Soft Tissue Neck
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Sacrum/Coccyx

Extremity MRI

  • Shoulder
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Humerus
  • Elbow
  • Forearm
  • Wrist
  • Hand
  • Hip
  • Femur
  • Knee
  • Tibia/Fibula
  • Ankle
  • Foot

Body MRI

  • Abdomen
  • MRCP
  • Pelvis
  • Sacroiliac Joint

MRA’s

  • MRA Head/Brain
  • MRV Head/Brain
  • MRA Carotid
  • MRA Chest
  • MRA Abdomen
  • MRA Pelvis
  • MRA Lower Extremity

Insight Imaging FAQ

What is an MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is advanced technology that allows the physician to see internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tendons and more. MRI examinations may be ordered with or without contrast (IV dye). MRI is very safe. There are no known harmful effects! MRI will NOT expose you to any ionizing radiation.

How does a MRI machine work?

The MRI machine uses the body’s own energy, along with a magnetic field, and highly-sophisticated computers to see through bone to create precise pictures of soft tissue. Radio frequency waves are used to cause hydrogen protons in the body to resonate or “vibrate”. The energy of the “vibration” is collected with an “antennae” (called a coil) in almost the same way as your radio antennae receives signals from a local radio station. The computer then organizes these signals into an electronic image of the anatomy.

Why is my physician ordering a MRI?

MRI provides extremely detailed images of your body unobtainable from other procedures such as X-Ray and CT scans without the ionizing radiation that X-Ray and CT give. MRI can provide very early detection of many conditions. If there are any abnormalities, MRI can show the location, size and extent of those abnormalities. The excellent quality of the imaging can provide the best possible information if surgery is required.

For neurological imaging, MRI provides the most sophisticated visualization of the brain and spine available for diagnostic image testing. MRI assists in the early detection and diagnosis of the brain and nervous system disorders including, but not restricted to, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), tumors, stroke, hydrocephalus, spinal disease and many traumatic injuries. MRI for orthopedic imaging and sports medicine closely visualizes joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.

Are there restrictions for MRI exams?

Yes. MRI scans CANNOT be performed on patients with a cardiac pacemaker, brain aneurysm clips, metallic fragments in the eye(s) or metallic inner ear prosthetics. For those patients with metallic injuries (metal in the eyes, bullets, shrapnel, etc), and cannot provide MRI imaging since the incident, the patient will be asked to have a x-ray done to clear them of any metallic fragments prior to their
examination with Insight Imaging. MRI machines use a strong magnetic field which will move metal objects, made with iron or steel, within the body, and can affect the function of electronic devices. The patient will be asked screening questions prior to scheduling, as well as be asked to fill out the MRI Patient Screening Packet upon arrival to help assure the patient’s safety.

Is there any special preperation for MRI exams?

No special preparation is required unless IV contrast is ordered. If IV contrast is ordered and the patient has high blood pressure, diabetes or history of kidney disease, lab results (GFR) must be available within the previous 4 – 6 weeks. If there are no lab results available, the patient must have them done 48-72 hours prior to their MRI appointment. The patient will be asked all of the screening questions again to make sure that no questions were missed. You will be asked to remove all metallic items including clothing with any metal and all jewelry. You will be given a secure, locked room to store all of your personal belongings. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and no jewelry. We ask that you arrive for your appointment 15-20 minutes early to fill out any paperwork and to go over any questions or concerns that you may have, and procedure and protocol prior to you MRI examination.

How do I obtain my MRI results, and who will explain them to me?

Our radiologist, Dr. Michael Paley, will interpret your imaging and the results will be communicated to your referring physician, who will then discuss them with you.

What is an MRA?

MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) is the simple, non-invasive study of the veins and arteries of your body using MRI technology. MRA provides detailed imaging of the blood vessels with or without the use of contrast (IV dye). It utilizes MRI technology to detect, diagnose and assist in the treatment of blood vessel diseases, heart disorders and stroke. There is no known tissue damage from undergoing a MRA exam.

Why is my physician ordering a MRA?

  • MRA is used to detect disease in the aorta and blood vessels that supply the kidneys, lungs and legs
  • MRA is a useful way of locating problems with blood vessels and assist in determining the best course of treatment for problems
  • The carotid arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain are a common site for atherosclerosis (severe narrowing or blockage of the artery), reducing blood flow to the brain, and in some cases, causing stroke. Stenosis (narrowed areas) is shown using the MRA without causing any pain to the patient.
  • When using MRA to check patients for diseased intracranial (in the head) arteries, only those with positive findings will need to undergo more invasive examinations and, possibly, surgery.
  • Patients with a family history of arterial aneurysm (ballooning out of a portion of a vessel wall) can undergo MRA imaging to rule out a similar disorder that has not yet produced any signs or symptoms. In the event of an aneurysm finding, it may be surgically removed, possibly avoiding serious and/or fatal bleeding.

Is there any special preperation for my MRA exam?

No special preparation is required unless IV contrast is ordered. If IV contrast is ordered and the patient has high blood pressure, diabetes or history of kidney disease, lab results (GFR) must be available within the previous 4 – 6 weeks. If there are no lab results available, the patient must have them done 48-72 hours prior to their MRA appointment. The patient will be asked all of the screening questions again to make sure that no questions were missed. You will be asked to remove all metallic items including clothing with any metal and all jewelry. You will be given a secure, locked room to store all of your personal belongings. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and no jewelry. We ask that you arrive for your appointment 15-20 minutes early to fill out any paperwork and to go over any questions or concerns that you may have, and procedure and protocol prior to you MRA examination. The technologist will need to know if you have any fillings, as this can distort images of the face and brain. Braces make it difficult to adjust the MR unit. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, hearing aids, hairpins, dental work, etc. Nothing metallic may enter the magnetic field.

Are there any restrictions for MRA exams?

Yes. MRA scans CANNOT be performed on patients with a cardiac pacemaker, brain aneurysm clips, metallic fragments in the eye(s) or metallic inner ear prosthetics. For those patients with metallic injuries (metal in the eyes, bullets, shrapnel, etc), and cannot provide MRI imaging since the incident, the patient will be asked to have a x-ray done to clear them of any metallic fragments prior to their examination with Insight Imaging. MRI machines use a strong magnetic field which will move metal objects, made with iron or steel, within the body, and can affect the function of electronic devices. The patient will be asked screening questions prior to scheduling, as well as be asked to fill out the MRI/MRA Patient Screening Packet upon arrival to help assure the patient’s safety.

Insight Imaging Team

Michael Paley, MD

Michael Paley, MD

Radiologist

Michael Paley, MD, is Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Network Radiology, a private Imaging Practice in Cleveland Ohio. He is also the Medical director of Definitive Radiology - a provider of diagnostic imaging interpretations for Hospitals, outpati..

Courtney Ippolito

Courtney Ippolito

Insight Imaging Manager

Courtney joined Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience mid-December 2009. She rapidly moved up the chain of command by being dedicated and fervent in her various roles: from rooming patients in the neurosurgery clinic, to Dr. Shah’s per..

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