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Green Imaging

  • Imaging & radiology
  • 546 East Pine Street, Stockton, CA 95204

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    Green Imaging

    • Imaging & radiology
    • 801 South Ham Ln Suite Q & R, Lodi, CA 95242
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      What is an MRI Scan?

      Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to take high-quality pictures of your organs and body.

      MRI scanners are large magnets that create strong magnetic fields around the part of the body being imaged. The magnetic field made by an MRI scan is used to create a detailed image of the inside of your body that doctors can use to assess and diagnose your condition. In contrast to X-ray machines or computed tomography (CT scan) machines, MRIs do not use X-rays or ionizing radiation.

      Save 60% on your next MRI when you book with Sesame. Connect on Sesame with a real, quality radiologist who can administer the procedure and get you the care you need for one affordable, upfront cost - no insurance required!

      Do I need to do anything to prepare for my MRI exam?

      Nope! Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, you can eat normally and take your usual medications before your MRI exam. You will generally be asked to change into a gown for the procedure and to remove anything that might interfere with the magnetic imaging, such as jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, wigs, dentures, hearing aids, underwire bras, hairpins, cosmetics that contain metal particles, etc. If a gown is not required, be sure not to wear clothing items with metallic buttons, snaps, zippers, underwire, belts, or buckles.

      What should I expect during my MRI?

      An MRI machine is a long narrow tube with an opening on both ends. During the procedure, you will lie down on a table that slides into the opening of the tube. A technologist monitors you from a separate room. You will be able to talk with them by microphone throughout the procedure.

      The MRI machine will create a strong magnetic field around you with radio waves directed at your body. The procedure is painless. You won't feel the magnetic field or radio waves, and there are no moving parts around you.

      During the MRI procedure, you may hear repetitive tapping, thumping, and other noises produced by the internal part of the magnet. Though patients are often given earplugs or have music playing to help block the noise.

      In some cases, a contrast material may be injected through an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. The contrast material enhances certain details. Gadolinium is the most commonly used contrast material, though Iodine or Barium-sulfate materials may also be used. These dyes are safe but have been known to cause mild allergic reactions in rare cases.

      An MRI can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. You must hold still throughout because moving can blur the resulting images.

      If you are given a functional MRI (fMRI), you may be asked to perform several small tasks — such as tapping your thumb against your fingers, rubbing a block of sandpaper, or answering simple questions which help to pinpoint the portions of your brain that control these actions.

      What is an fMRI?

      Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measures blood flow during brain activity. An fMRI produces images that detail the areas of the brain that are being used for certain functions in order to evaluate the effects of brain disease or assess damage from injury. An fMRI can detect abnormalities in the brain that other imaging procedures cannot catch.

      Like an MRI scan, a functional MRI scan uses powerful magnets to produce a clear image. An fMRI may help in diagnosing such ailments as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain tumors, and chronic pain. They can also help provide insights into lingering effects from a stroke or from brain trauma.

      Is MRI safe?

      An MRI does not use radiation, so there is no risk of exposure to ionizing radiation during the MRI process. However, because the MRI machine is a large magnet, it cannot be used on patients who may have metallic objects in their body (such as shrapnel, mesh, plates, or sutures). They also may not be used on patients who have:

      • Pacemakers

      • Aneurysm clips

      • Some prosthetic devices (like some dental or eye prosthetics)

      • Implanted heart defibrillators

      • Neurostimulators

      • Cochlear implants

      • Intrauterine devices

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      Can I get an MRI if I'm claustrophobic?

      Many radiology and imaging centers now have wide-bore/open MRI machines, which are beneficial not only to patients who may suffer from claustrophobia, but also for patients who cannot fit into conventional MRI machines.

      If you are claustrophobic (have a fear of enclosed spaces), you might be given a drug to help you feel less anxious and possibly a little drowsy. Most people get through the exam without any difficulty.

      Is MRI an outpatient procedure?

      Yep! MRI services are completely painless and non-invasive. If you haven't been sedated, you can resume your usual activities immediately after the MRI.

      Is MRI different from X-rays or CT scans?

      Yes! While all three are forms of diagnostic imaging - technology that allows doctors to see inside your body to diagnose conditions - they vary significantly in their uses. Here's how.


      Anyone who's ever broken a bone, or even just gone to the dentist, has gotten an X-ray. X-rays (or radiography) use ionizing radiation to form clear images of the internal parts of the body. These electromagnetic waves pass through your body. Areas with high levels of calcium (bones and teeth) block the radiation, causing them to appear white on the image. Soft tissues allow the radiation to pass through and appear gray or black on the image. X-rays are the fastest and most accessible imaging services and are often considered the first line of imaging.

      X-rays are optimal for examining bones and teeth, but less effective in diagnosing conditions within the body's softer tissue.

      CT Scans

      CT scans, also known as computed tomography, may be used to evaluate head trauma, bone fractures, pneumonia, internal bleeding, issues concerning internal organs, tumors, and the development of cancer or its response to treatment. Doctors order CT scans more often because they're less expensive and faster than MRIs, yet still provide high-quality images they need to make a diagnosis. However, because CT scans do use a small dose of ionizing radiation doctors may refer patients who are pregnant or that require a clearer image to get an MRI.

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      How much does MRI cost?

      MRI prices can vary based on the area of the body being scanned, the length of the scan, and the amount of scanning needed.

      Sesame offers direct-to-patient care with no insurance needed, so our doctors can list prices up to 60% lower than what you would pay anywhere else. Our prices start around $400, where insurance companies will charge upwards of $2000 for a visit. Sesame works with clinics directly, so the price listed is what you pay. No hidden fees or surprise bills. Check out the imaging services in Elk Grove, CA to compare prices and find convenient, and affordable providers near you.

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