What is the Medical Screening Interview?
Every MRI exam requires a medical screening interview to be performed prior to the day of your exam. This is to ensure that your MRI is safely performed. Our medical screening staff ask a range of questions about your medical history. Questions include past surgeries, implanted devices (i.e. pacemaker), medical conditions, and any prescription medications you are currently taking. Generally speaking, our staff will contact you 1-2 days prior to your exam, though you may also call to speak with our staff at your convenience to have your interview performed. Please call 559.325.5800 and ask to speak with our Medical Screening Department.
How do I prepare for my exam?
Click here for preparation instructions. Our staff will call you to provide instructions, or may also call us during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
Why do I need lab work?
Certain pre-existing medical conditions require that lab work be obtained prior to giving you contrast. Your lab work can be performed at any laboratory that your insurance is contracted with. Your referring physician may provide you with the orders for your labs. If they do not, our staff can also provide you with the orders and send them to the lab of your choice.
What is contrast?
Contrast is a clear liquid substance administered through an IV during your exam. Contrast provides us with enhanced images from your MRI that assist our radiologist in evaluating your scan.
I am receiving contrast and/or sedation. Why can't I eat or drink before my exam?
In rare cases patients receiving contrast and/or sedation experience nausea or vomiting. As a way to minimize the potential for this we require that you have nothing to eat or drink prior to your exam. Our staff will provide additional details on how many hours prior to your exam you should refrain from eating or drinking.
I am scheduled for sedation? What does that mean?
At California Imaging Institute our nursing staff make every effort to ensure your experience is comfortable. We provide you with IV sedation that helps minimize pain and anxiety. Response to the medication varies among patients so you may or may not fall asleep during the exam. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Should you have any questions please call our Scheduling Department, or ask to speak with our nursing staff.
How long will my exam take?
Most exams last 30-45 minutes (this does not include your registration and pre-exam preparation time). Some exams take less time, while others may take longer depending on the number of studies your physician ordered, or the type of study being requested.
What is the difference between arrival time and exam time?
You need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your exam so we can register you for your appointment, obtain necessary insurance information, and complete any pre-exam preparation required to ensure we provide the most accurate care. To help save time, you also have the option of registering online.
Where is California Imaging Institute located?
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What happens after my MRI?
Our fellowship-trained radiologist will read your MRI, and will provide a report to your referring physician within three (3) business days. If your exam is ordered STAT by your physician, your exam is read and the results are provided to your physician the same day.