MRI & Imaging

Our friendly and capable staff at Bluegrass Orthopaedics, in conjunction with a full range of imaging services at all of our locations, are assembled to provide expedited diagnosis of any orthopaedic conditions. Imaging services include MRI, X-Ray, Ultrasound, and a Dexascan (Bone Densitometer). The MRI scanners provide the highest quality resolution and comprehensive diagnostic study and has many clinical applications. The scan generates a three-dimensional image that shows muscle, tendon, nerve, bone, fat, skin, blood vessel, and all organ and tissues in the body.

Bluegrass Orthopaedics & Hand Care is pleased to announce their acquisition of a new High Field Short Bore MRI scanner. This device is designed to accommodate larger patients comfortably. Additionally, this MRI machine with “open bore” has a larger opening than traditional MRI machines, making it easier for patients with claustrophobia.

The scanner does not expose you to any radiation as does a regular x-ray. Instead, the scanner uses a giant magnet coil to generate a magnetic field that interacts with the tissues of the body. A computer then interprets all the different signals and generates an image of the part that is examined. This means it provides a faster exam time for patients, provides the doctors with a more detailed image and relieves the problem of claustrophobia.

In order to be scanned, the patient must lie down on a bed that is slowly moved into a tunnel. However, this MRI provides a full foot of space above the patient’s head and it is among the shortest tunnel MRI on the market. There is no pain or discomfort and no known side effects.

Preparing for Your MRI

You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. Depending on the scan you are having you may be asked to put on paper shorts and/or scrub top and asked to remove dentures. If you are able to wear comfortable clothing without buckles or zippers, you will hopefully not be asked to change. This would include wearing a sports bra for female patients with upper body scans if possible.

If your job requires you to work in an area where there are fine metal shavings or metal dust particles in the air, you will need to go home and shower and put clean clothing on before coming for the scan. The magnet will pull these particles out of your hair or off your clothing and it will damage the magnet.

 

Because of the potential harmful effects associated with metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with the MRI technologist if you have had any surgeries or any of the following. Please check with the MRI technologist prior to arriving for the scan because with some of these you are not able to have a MRI.

  • Pacemaker
  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Foreign Metal Objects In the Eye
  • Neuro-Stimulator (Tens Unit)
  • Surgical Staples
  • Shrapnel or Bullet Wounds
  • Implanted Drug Infusion Device
  • Permanent Eyeliner

Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave the following items in a locker outside the scan room:

  • Coins
  • Watches
  • Credit Cards/Wallet
  • Hair Pins
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Keys
  • Other Metal Objects

If you are pregnant you should notify your physician.

Please contact our High Field Short Bone MRI Department at (859) 422-4566 Ext. 502