Decatur Health Imaging
Imaging Equipment: Decatur
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves (no radiation) to create an image of many parts of the body, especially the brain, spine, and joints.
American Health Imaging utilizes the Siemens Symphony 1.5T and the Siemens Magnetom Espree 1.5T open bore, which represent the highest advances in MRI technology, including the most recent sophisticated diagnostic software upgrades.
The open bore MRI provides clear, unobstructed space on three sides, allowing a pleasant non-claustrophobic exam. The openness also facilitates the scanning of large people with a higher level of comfort. You will be able to see and communicate with the technologist performing your exam. To add further comfort, you may have a family member or friend sit in the room with you.
A typical exam will last between 30 and 60 minutes and requires no special preparation. You should eat normally and follow the normal dosage of your prescribed medications unless your doctor gives instructions to do otherwise. For more information about your MRI procedure, see the Exam Preparation, What to Expect, and Frequently Asked Questionspages.
Computed Tomography (CT), widely known as a CAT scan, is medically referred to as simply CT. In its early days of development and use, it was called Computerized Axial Tomography, hence the term CAT. At American Health Imaging, we have the Siemens Emotion 16 slice CT scanner.
CT is generally a relatively quick procedure that uses x-ray beams to create computer-generated image of soft tissue structures, such as tumors and internal organs, and air cavities (sinuses, lungs). It also has advantages in skeletal and neurological imaging. Its radiation doses to the human body are considered minimal due to the speed in which the x-ray is delivered.
The procedure requires you to lie in a horizontal position, either on your back or stomach, and remain comfortably still. A flat, moving table goes through the center of a donut-shaped x-ray machine. X-ray beams from a number of positions are aimed at the area being studied. A special detector measures the amount of absorbed radiation. This data is transformed by a computer into a digital image.
American Health Imaging also offers:
- MR Arthrography for enhanced imaging and
- Epidurals for back pain management under fluoroscopic guidance
For more information, please contact us.
American Health Imaging
2774 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
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Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m