American Health Imaging Decatur
Welcome to American Health Imaging Decatur. This website is part of our effort to be informative and accessible for both patients and physicians.
Diagnostic imaging is a highly sophisticated tool to help physicians determine the best course of treatment for their patients. To deliver maximum value for our imaging services, American Health Imaging takes pride in performing two jobs exceptionally well:
- We make the imaging experience comfortable, pleasant, safe and efficient for patients.
- We provide superior service, quality and support for our patients referring physicians.
We want patients to leave American Health Imaging with the confidence that their care was top-notch. That’s why we guarantee our performance to all patients and to their physicians. Please feel free to fill out our patient survey card and let us know about your experience at our center.
As a courtesy to all patients desiring to schedule appointments, we request that you provide a minimum of 24-hour notice for cancellation. Please understand that every appointment time is specifically reserved and custom designed for that patient’s particular medical condition and exam type. To efficiently refill a time-slot and accommodate all patients desiring to schedule, it is crucial we have as much notice of cancellation as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a technology used to diagnose and monitor health conditions. It does not treat or cure medical conditions, but it can be very useful in providing information to physicians and patients about what is happening inside the body.
Physicians may recommend one of our many Atlanta MRI locations for a variety of conditions or suspected conditions, including the following.
- Tumors and cancer of the breast and other areas of the body
- Torn ligaments and muscles from arthritis or an injury
- Disorders of the brain and spinal cord
- Abnormalities of the cardiovascular system
- Disorders of the gastrointestinal system, including the stomach, small intestine, and colon
- Stress fractures and broken bones
An MRI scanner is a giant magnet that also uses radio waves to capture images of the human body. The images show differences in tissue types, such as fat, muscle and bone. Seeing abnormalities in these tissue types can help physicians determine the best course of treatment and monitor how well the treatment is working.
Before entering the room with the MRI scanner, patients are asked to remove all items from their pockets and all other metallic objects from their bodies. These can include belts with buckles, shoes with metallic clasps, jewelry, eyeglasses, and dentures. For Decatur MRI, patient enters the room with the scanner and lies on the scanning table. After getting settled with pillows, blankets, and earphones to block the noise of the scanner, the table moves back into the scanning tube so that the scans can begin. Patients must be very still during each scan. The session ends when the technologist has collected all of the necessary images. The MRI images are read by a physician and explained to the patient in an appointment later that day or on another day.
MRI does not involve radiation, and it has very few risks. The biggest threat to safety is accidentally approaching the MRI scanner with a magnetic object because strength of the scanner’s magnet is several times that of the earth. Patients with pacemakers cannot get an MRI. American Health Imaging utilizes the shortest and widest MRI on the market, therefore the risk of claustrophobia is very low.
Because an MRI is an expensive procedure, physicians tend to recommend one only when they feel that it is truly necessary. Patients who receive a referral for an MRI should follow through so that they can receive the most accurate diagnosis possible. The cost of an MRI varies widely, and patients should investigate their options to be able to find a lower-cost alternative. Quality of care is another critical factor in a patient’s decision.
We provide our Atlanta MRI services at the most competitive prices to be better able to serve patients in the local area. We also offer an experienced staff of knowledgeable radiologists and MRI technologists, caring nurses, and expert physicians. Patients visiting one of our Atlanta MRI locations can be certain of good care.
We want patients to leave American Health Imaging Decatur with the confidence that their care was top-notch. That’s why we guarantee our performance to all patients and to their physicians. Please feel free to fill out our patient survey card and let us know about your experience at our center.
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