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CT scan with and without contrast

Covers any body part including chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
  • Green Imaging

    4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
    Imaging & radiology

      Green Imaging

      5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
      Imaging & radiology

        Green Imaging

        5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
        Imaging & radiology

          Green Imaging

          12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
          Imaging & radiology

            Green Imaging

            10400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
            Imaging & radiology

              Green Imaging

              1717 W. University Dr Ste 405, McKinney, TX 75069
              Imaging & radiology

                Green Imaging

                1360 West Campbell Road #122, Richardson, TX 75080
                Imaging & radiology

                  Green Imaging

                  3400 I-30 Frontage Rd, Mesquite, TX 75150
                  Imaging & radiology

                    Green Imaging

                    660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                    Imaging & radiology

                      Green Imaging

                      1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                      Imaging & radiology
                        See all CT scan with and without contrast
                        See all CT scan with and without contrast
                      1 provider available

                      CT scan with contrast

                      Covers any body part including chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
                      • Green Imaging

                        4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                        Imaging & radiology

                          Green Imaging

                          5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                          Imaging & radiology

                            Green Imaging

                            5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
                            Imaging & radiology

                              Green Imaging

                              12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
                              Imaging & radiology

                                Green Imaging

                                10400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
                                Imaging & radiology

                                  Green Imaging

                                  1717 W. University Dr Ste 405, McKinney, TX 75069
                                  Imaging & radiology

                                    Green Imaging

                                    1360 West Campbell Road #122, Richardson, TX 75080
                                    Imaging & radiology

                                      Green Imaging

                                      3400 I-30 Frontage Rd, Mesquite, TX 75150
                                      Imaging & radiology

                                        Green Imaging

                                        660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                        Imaging & radiology

                                          Green Imaging

                                          1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                          Imaging & radiology
                                            See all CT scan with contrast
                                            See all CT scan with contrast
                                          1 provider available

                                          X-ray (single extremity or single joint)

                                          X-rays booked on Sesame cover any part of the body.
                                          • Green Imaging

                                            6000 West Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024
                                            Imaging & radiology

                                              Green Imaging

                                              4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                                              Imaging & radiology

                                                Green Imaging

                                                660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                  Green Imaging

                                                  1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                                  Imaging & radiology

                                                    Green Imaging

                                                    5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                      Green Imaging

                                                      5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
                                                      Imaging & radiology

                                                        Green Imaging

                                                        4525 Ohio Dr Ste 200, Frisco, TX 75035
                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                          Green Imaging

                                                          12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
                                                          Imaging & radiology

                                                            Green Imaging

                                                            1614 Scripture St Ste 2, Denton, TX 76201
                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                              Green Imaging

                                                              2205 N. Ctrl. Exwy Ste 185, Plano, TX 75075
                                                              Imaging & radiology
                                                                See all X-ray (single extremity or single joint)
                                                                See all X-ray (single extremity or single joint)
                                                              1 provider available

                                                              MRI with contrast

                                                              Covers any region of the body, including brain, spine, hip, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, eye and more.
                                                              • Green Imaging

                                                                5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                                  Green Imaging

                                                                  12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
                                                                  Imaging & radiology

                                                                    Green Imaging

                                                                    1614 Scripture St Ste 2, Denton, TX 76201
                                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                                      Green Imaging

                                                                      10400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
                                                                      Imaging & radiology

                                                                        Green Imaging

                                                                        4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                                          Green Imaging

                                                                          660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                                                          Imaging & radiology

                                                                            Green Imaging

                                                                            1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                                              Green Imaging

                                                                              5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                              Imaging & radiology

                                                                                Green Imaging

                                                                                4525 Ohio Dr Ste 200, Frisco, TX 75035
                                                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                                                  Green Imaging

                                                                                  2205 N. Ctrl. Exwy Ste 185, Plano, TX 75075
                                                                                  Imaging & radiology
                                                                                    See all MRI with contrast
                                                                                    See all MRI with contrast
                                                                                  1 provider available

                                                                                  MRI without contrast

                                                                                  Covers any region of the body, including brain, spine, hip, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, eye and more.
                                                                                  • Green Imaging

                                                                                    4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                                                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                                                      Green Imaging

                                                                                      660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                                                                      Imaging & radiology

                                                                                        Green Imaging

                                                                                        1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                                                          Green Imaging

                                                                                          5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                                          Imaging & radiology

                                                                                            Green Imaging

                                                                                            4525 Ohio Dr Ste 200, Frisco, TX 75035
                                                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                                                              Green Imaging

                                                                                              1360 West Campbell Road #122, Richardson, TX 75080
                                                                                              Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                Green Imaging

                                                                                                2205 N. Ctrl. Exwy Ste 185, Plano, TX 75075
                                                                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                  Green Imaging

                                                                                                  1778 N. Plano Rd Ste 300, Richardson, TX 75081
                                                                                                  Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                    Green Imaging

                                                                                                    1717 W. University Dr Ste 405, McKinney, TX 75069
                                                                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                      Green Imaging

                                                                                                      3400 I-30 Frontage Rd, Mesquite, TX 75150
                                                                                                      Imaging & radiology
                                                                                                        See all MRI without contrast
                                                                                                        See all MRI without contrast
                                                                                                      1 provider available

                                                                                                      MRI with and without contrast

                                                                                                      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with and without contrast of any region of the body, including brain, spine, hip, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, eye and more. Contrast is a dye given orally or administered intravenously and is ordered by your...
                                                                                                      • Green Imaging

                                                                                                        5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                          Green Imaging

                                                                                                          12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
                                                                                                          Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                            Green Imaging

                                                                                                            1614 Scripture St Ste 2, Denton, TX 76201
                                                                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                              Green Imaging

                                                                                                              10400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
                                                                                                              Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                Green Imaging

                                                                                                                4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                                                                                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                  Green Imaging

                                                                                                                  660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                                                                                                  Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                    Green Imaging

                                                                                                                    1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                                                                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                      Green Imaging

                                                                                                                      5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                                                                      Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                        Green Imaging

                                                                                                                        4525 Ohio Dr Ste 200, Frisco, TX 75035
                                                                                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                          Green Imaging

                                                                                                                          2205 N. Ctrl. Exwy Ste 185, Plano, TX 75075
                                                                                                                          Imaging & radiology
                                                                                                                            See all MRI with and without contrast
                                                                                                                            See all MRI with and without contrast
                                                                                                                          1 provider available

                                                                                                                          CT scan without contrast

                                                                                                                          Covers any body part including chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
                                                                                                                          • Green Imaging

                                                                                                                            4851 S. Interstate 35E Ste C-105, Corinth, TX 76210
                                                                                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                              Green Imaging

                                                                                                                              5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 170, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                                                                              Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                5072 W. Plano Pkwy Ste 190, Plano, TX 75093
                                                                                                                                Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                  Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                  12840 Hillcrest Plaza Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
                                                                                                                                  Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                    Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                    10400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
                                                                                                                                    Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                      Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                      1717 W. University Dr Ste 405, McKinney, TX 75069
                                                                                                                                      Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                        Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                        1360 West Campbell Road #122, Richardson, TX 75080
                                                                                                                                        Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                          Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                          3400 I-30 Frontage Rd, Mesquite, TX 75150
                                                                                                                                          Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                            Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                            660 W LBJ Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
                                                                                                                                            Imaging & radiology

                                                                                                                                              Green Imaging

                                                                                                                                              1600 W. NW Hwy Ste 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
                                                                                                                                              Imaging & radiology
                                                                                                                                                See all CT scan without contrast
                                                                                                                                                See all CT scan without contrast
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                                                                                                                                              Your questions answered.

                                                                                                                                              What is diagnostic medical imaging?

                                                                                                                                              Diagnostic imaging describes technology that doctors use to see inside your body to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Doctors may order an x-ray, for example, to treat a broken arm, or a mammogram to scan for breast cancer. Here are some of the most common diagnostic medical imaging tools that doctors use to care for their patients.

                                                                                                                                              - Doppler ultrasound: A special type of ultrasound that looks at major blood vessels to evaluate blockages in blood vessels, plaque build-up, or detect any congenital defects.

                                                                                                                                              - X-rays: This process uses ionizing radiation that travels by electromagnetic waves to produce an image.

                                                                                                                                              - Mammograms: These x-ray pictures for the breast detect early signs of breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                              - CT Scan: A mix of computer imaging and x-rays that create a more detailed picture of your tissues, bones, and organs.

                                                                                                                                              - MRI: A machine that uses a computer along with radio waves and magnets to produce a detailed image without the use of ionizing radiation.

                                                                                                                                              Health care marketplaces like Sesame make it easier than ever to speak to licensed doctors in Lewisville, TX who can recommend and schedule the diagnostic imaging procedure that is right for you.

                                                                                                                                              Are radiology centers open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

                                                                                                                                              Yep. Radiology centers are open with new safety protocols to keep you safe while you take care of your body.

                                                                                                                                              What are those safety protocols?

                                                                                                                                              Radiology centers have implemented extensive sterilization procedures, provided PPE for staff and patients, and reduced appointment times to minimize contact with other patients and accommodate social distancing guidelines.

                                                                                                                                              Should I get seen if I’m not feeling well?

                                                                                                                                              If you're experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or may have come in contact with somebody infected, you should stay home.

                                                                                                                                              Which diagnostic imaging scan do I need?

                                                                                                                                              CT scans are a form of diagnostic imaging, a set of tools that allow doctors to see directly inside your body to better diagnose and treat conditions. Other common diagnostic imaging tools include:

                                                                                                                                              • MRI: A machine that uses a computer along with radio waves and magnets to produce a detailed view inside the body, without exposing patients to any radiation exposure.

                                                                                                                                              • X-rays: X-rays use ionizing radiation, which travels by electromagnetic waves, to produce images of structures inside the body.

                                                                                                                                              • Mammograms: Mammograms take X-ray images of the breast to detect early signs of breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                              • Ultrasound: Ultrasound technology allows for real-time sonograms (images) without the use of radiation.

                                                                                                                                              • Doppler ultrasound: Special type of ultrasound that looks at major blood vessels to evaluate blockages in blood vessels, plaque build-up, or detect any congenital defects.

                                                                                                                                              Your referring health care provider can help you make the right choice when it comes to medical imaging. Now, Sesame makes it easier than ever to book a visit with a radiologist today - no insurance needed.

                                                                                                                                              Can I get X-rays and diagnostic imaging through Sesame?

                                                                                                                                              While our doctors can't offer X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging over video, we do offer affordable imaging services in cities across the country. Save 60% on diagnostic imaging services like X-rays by booking a consult on Sesame with a licensed doctor in Lewisville, TX.

                                                                                                                                              Is the radiation dangerous?

                                                                                                                                              While ionizing radiation does have the potential to harm living tissue, the amount of radiation used in X-rays is generally far too small to have any adverse effects. A chest X-ray, for example, gives out a radiation dose similar to what you're naturally exposed to from the environment in a 10 day period.

                                                                                                                                              There are a few safety measures you'll want to keep in mind, though. For instance, always be sure to tell the technologist or doctor if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant. If your child needs an x-ray, you may also want to ask if the X-ray machine settings have been adjusted for children, as children have a higher sensitivity to radiation. Also, keep in mind that risk does increase as the number of exposures adds up over the course of a lifetime. Still, most healthcare providers agree that the diagnostic benefits of X-ray scans significantly outweigh the risks.

                                                                                                                                              What's the difference between an MRI with contrast and an MRI without contrast?

                                                                                                                                              There are two types of MRI scans, one with contrast and one without contrast. The main difference between an MRI with contrast and an MRI without contrast is that one is clearer than the other.

                                                                                                                                              For MRIs with contrast, a type of dye is injected into the body prior to the scan. An MRI without contrast forgoes this injection. MRIs without contrast are preferred for patients for whom dye is not recommended, such as pregnant women and kidney-compromised patients. Your referring clinician will determine which type of MRI is appropriate for you.

                                                                                                                                              What are contrast agents?

                                                                                                                                              Contrast agents are dyes used to help the clarity of scanned images. They are usually swallowed, or injected into a vein.

                                                                                                                                              The most common contrast agents used by radiologists are:
                                                                                                                                              - Iodine
                                                                                                                                              - Gadolinium
                                                                                                                                              - Barium-sulfate materials


                                                                                                                                              These dyes are safe but have been known to cause mild allergic reactions in some cases. Severe reactions are rare.

                                                                                                                                              Tell your doctor in advance about the following:
                                                                                                                                              - Any food, dye, preservative, or drug allergies
                                                                                                                                              - Medications you are taking, including herbal supplement
                                                                                                                                              - Recent illness
                                                                                                                                              - Any medical history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or hayfever
                                                                                                                                              - History of kidney and liver problems or disease

                                                                                                                                              How is contrast administered?

                                                                                                                                              Contrast agents are usually given right before the test. The substance may be administered 1 of 3 ways:

                                                                                                                                              - Injection: A contrast agent may be injected intravenously through a needle in your arm to highlight blood vessels, tumors, internal inflammation, and the blood supply to internal organs.

                                                                                                                                              - Oral: For scans of the digestive tract, you may be supplied with a contrast agent that is meant to be taken orally - usually in liquid form.

                                                                                                                                              - Enema: A contrast substance may be inserted into the rectum for scans of the intestines.

                                                                                                                                              After the scan, it is recommended that you drink fluids to assist your kidneys in clearing the contrast agent from your body.

                                                                                                                                              What are the side effects of contrast agents?

                                                                                                                                              Adverse effects caused by contrast agents are rare.

                                                                                                                                              Common side effects caused by contrast agents include:
                                                                                                                                              - Nausea
                                                                                                                                              - Vomiting
                                                                                                                                              - Rash/ hives
                                                                                                                                              - Itchiness
                                                                                                                                              - Headache


                                                                                                                                              If you experience more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, abnormal heart rhythms, or confusion, talk to your doctor right away. These are symptoms of an allergic reaction and require immediate treatment.

                                                                                                                                              Before you undergo a CT scan with a contrast agent, talk to your health care provider about your medical history, any conditions that you may be managing, the medication you are taking, and any allergic reactions you have experienced. It is especially important that you detail any allergic reactions you may have had caused by medication, dyes, preservatives, or animal products.

                                                                                                                                              What do doctors look for in a mammogram interpretation?

                                                                                                                                              Doctors generally look at breast density, as some data suggests that women with denser breasts get delayed diagnoses as it's harder to detect breast cancer. They also look for mass lesions and evaluate the symmetry of the glandular tissue, as a lack of symmetry can sometimes be an indicator of an underlying issue. But often the earliest sign can be tiny micro-calcifications, which look like tiny specs of white in a mammogram that may indicate early cancer.

                                                                                                                                              What should I know about the price of imaging?

                                                                                                                                              In many cases, imaging in a hospital system can be up to 3x more expensive than at an outpatient facility or with an independent doctor.

                                                                                                                                              That means imaging with independent facilities and doctors can often save you time and money.

                                                                                                                                              Through insurance, you're subject to a co-pay, deductible, and any co-insurance required on imaging that is often more expensive. But at an independent facility, you can see clear costs upfront and often pay a much better price.

                                                                                                                                              Even with insurance, it may still be better for you to pay cash, especially if you have a high deductible that you don't expect to hit this year. Imaging booked directly with an independent facility or doctor lets you bypass the insurance bureaucracy, mark-ups, and hidden fees - and pay one competitive price for your exam.

                                                                                                                                              What is a CT scan?

                                                                                                                                              A CT scan (computerized tomography scan) is a tool that doctors use to get a cross-sectional view of soft tissue, blood vessels, bones, and other structures inside your body. CT Scans take a series of x-rays of the body and use computer processing to combine them into the cross-sectional images that doctors use to diagnose conditions and develop treatment plans. CT scans are helpful in diagnosing internal injuries, treatment planning and monitoring, and disease detection. While often performed in hospitals' radiology departments, CT scans are generally outpatient procedures. This means that you can go home on the same day that you receive your scan.

                                                                                                                                              CT Scans are performed with contrast and without contrast. Contrast is a dye used to enhance your imaging and is only needed in specific instances. Check with your referring physician if you're unsure which CT scan is right for you.

                                                                                                                                              Why is a CT scan necessary?

                                                                                                                                              CT scans help doctors assess and diagnose abnormalities in soft tissue and bone. CT scans can also detect vascular medical conditions, like coronary heart disease or blood clots.

                                                                                                                                              CT scans also help doctors plan for surgeries, giving them an inside look at the structures on which they intend to operate, as well as facilitating biopsies.

                                                                                                                                              Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to:
                                                                                                                                              - Detect and diagnose bone and muscle disorders
                                                                                                                                              - Detect tumors and blood clots
                                                                                                                                              - Diagnose an internal infection
                                                                                                                                              - Detect and diagnose certain cancers
                                                                                                                                              - Monitor conditions such as heart disease, internal organ problems, and masses developing in the body
                                                                                                                                              - Monitor the progress of cancer treatment
                                                                                                                                              - Detect internal bleeding

                                                                                                                                              What happens during a CT scan?

                                                                                                                                              Before your CT Scan, you may be asked to take a contrast agent, the substance that clarifies the images the CT Scan produces. Contrast material is painless and often taken by mouth or administered by injection. Sometimes, patients experience a metallic taste in their mouths after ingesting contrast material. But don't worry! It's very common.

                                                                                                                                              During the procedure, you will lie on a motorized table that slides through a circular opening of the scanning machine. A CT scan works by emitting X-ray beams from the CT scanner to capture pictures of the body from multiple angles. Your technologist may ask you to hold still, or even hold your breath, to prevent images from blurring.

                                                                                                                                              Once the procedure is complete you will likely be asked to drink fluids to help flush out the contrast material from your kidneys.

                                                                                                                                              What should I expect at my CT scan?

                                                                                                                                              During the procedure, you will lie on a motorized table that slides through a circular opening of the scanning machine. A CT scan works by emitting X-ray beams from the CT scanner to capture pictures of the body from multiple angles. Your technologist may ask you to hold still, or even hold your breath, to prevent images from blurring.

                                                                                                                                              Once the procedure is complete you will likely be asked to drink fluids to help flush out the contrast material from your kidneys.

                                                                                                                                              After the scan, you will be able to go about your daily activities. In most cases, you will get the results from your CT scan within several business days after your appointment. Depending on your results, your doctor may request follow-up testing.

                                                                                                                                              How do I prepare for a CT scan?

                                                                                                                                              The specific preparations for your CT scan will depend on the area of your body being scanned. In some cases - especially those in which the abdomen or intestines are being scanned - you may be asked to fast for 8-12 hours prior to your appointment.

                                                                                                                                              You may be asked to disrobe and wear a thin, loose-fitting hospital gown before the exam. You will also be asked to remove any metallic items from your person such as piercings and jewelry, as well as eyeglasses and dentures.

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              What is an MRI used for?

                                                                                                                                              MRIs are commonly used to scan the brain, heart, blood vessels, bones, and joints. MRIs detect a variety of conditions, from blocked blood vessels to tumors.

                                                                                                                                              What is an MRI scan used to diagnose?

                                                                                                                                              MRI scans can be used to gather data on many areas of the body. The MRI allows your doctor to see organs, bones, and tissues in your body without surgery. This can help doctors diagnose a disease or injury.

                                                                                                                                              Some conditions an MRI scan may help detect include:
                                                                                                                                              - Brain injury
                                                                                                                                              - Cancer
                                                                                                                                              - Signs of a stroke
                                                                                                                                              - Heart Disease
                                                                                                                                              - Spinal disk problems
                                                                                                                                              - Bone and joint injuries
                                                                                                                                              - Internal organ health
                                                                                                                                              - Soft tissue inflammation


                                                                                                                                              MRI is more capable of assessing bone marrow and soft tissue than X-rays or CT scans. Connect with a doctor on Sesame to see if you may need an MRI scan.

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              What should I expect during my MRI?

                                                                                                                                              An MRI scanner is operated by a radiologic technologist and is used for the imaging of a certain part of the body. You can speak to your technologist during the procedure via a microphone in the machine. If you have a history of claustrophobia, you may be given a sedative drug to relieve anxiety during the procedure.

                                                                                                                                              Once you are in the MRI machine, a strong magnetic field is created around you or the part of the body being scanned. The procedure is completely painless. The protons in your body, or the specific area of your body, will line up in a single direction. Short bursts of radio waves will be directed at your body, or a specific area of your body, that will cause these protons to emit radio signals. These signals are then combined like pixels on a computer screen to create detailed imaging of tissue, bone, and organs inside your body.

                                                                                                                                              In some cases, a contrasting agent may be injected through your veins to enhance visual details in your scan. Gadolinium is the most frequently used contrast agent for MRI scans. Side effects of gadolinium are mild but may produce a chilling effect at the injection site or a “pins and needles” feeling. Sesame offers MRI procedures with and without contrast.

                                                                                                                                              The scan can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the area of the body being examined, and how many images must be collected. The internal part of the magnet produces noise that can be blocked out with earplugs or music played during the procedure. Connect with doctors on Sesame to determine the MRI procedure that works best for you.

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

                                                                                                                                              What happens during an MRI?

                                                                                                                                              An MRI scanner is operated by a radiologic technologist and is used for the imaging of a certain part of the body. You can speak to your technologist during the procedure via a microphone in the machine. If you have a history of claustrophobia, you may be given a sedative drug to relieve anxiety during the procedure.

                                                                                                                                              Once you are in the MRI machine, a strong magnetic field is created around you or the part of the body being scanned. The procedure is completely painless. The protons in your body, or in the specific area of your body, will line up in a single direction. Short bursts of radio waves will be directed at your body, or a specific area of your body, that will cause these protons to emit radio signals. These signals are then combined like pixels on a computer screen to create detailed imaging of tissue, bone, and organs inside your body.

                                                                                                                                              In some cases, a contrasting agent may be injected through your veins to enhance visual details in your scan. Gadolinium is the most frequently used contrast agent for MRI scans. Side effects of gadolinium are mild but may produce a chilling effect at the injection site or a “pins and needles” feeling. Sesame offers MRI procedures with and without contrast.

                                                                                                                                              The scan can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on need, and how many images must be collected. The internal part of the magnet produces noise that can be blocked out with earplugs or music played during the procedure. Connect with doctors on Sesame to determine the MRI procedure that works best for you.

                                                                                                                                              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 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 bodies (such as shrapnel, mesh, plates, or sutures).

                                                                                                                                              MRIs may not be recommended for patients who have the following conditions:
                                                                                                                                              - Pacemakers
                                                                                                                                              - Aneurysm clips
                                                                                                                                              - Some prosthetic devices (like some dental or eye prosthetics)
                                                                                                                                              - Implanted heart defibrillators
                                                                                                                                              - Neurostimulators
                                                                                                                                              - Cochlear implants
                                                                                                                                              - Intrauterine devices


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                                                                                                                                              How do I prepare for an MRI?

                                                                                                                                              Before an MRI scan, a patient may be able to eat and drink normally, while taking their usual medication, unless advised otherwise. In certain cases, you may be asked not to drink water for up to four hours before the scan; in other cases, you may be asked to hydrate before receiving the contrast agent. These conditions depend on the area of the body being scanned, and the reason for scanning.

                                                                                                                                              During your MRI, you may be asked to disrobe and change into a hospital gown before your scan.

                                                                                                                                              Additionally, you may be asked to remove any metal objects that might interfere with the MRI scan such as:
                                                                                                                                              - Earrings
                                                                                                                                              - Bracelets
                                                                                                                                              - Necklaces
                                                                                                                                              - Rings
                                                                                                                                              - Eyeglasses
                                                                                                                                              - Watches
                                                                                                                                              - Dentures
                                                                                                                                              - Wigs (as some wigs contain traces of metal)
                                                                                                                                              - Body piercings
                                                                                                                                              - Hearing aids
                                                                                                                                              - Underwire bras

                                                                                                                                              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 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 brain trauma.

                                                                                                                                              What is an ultrasound?

                                                                                                                                              An ultrasound is a simple, diagnostic tool that doctors use to take a look inside your body. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to show doctors your internal organs and structures in real-time, helping them detect conditions like blood clots, gallstones, cancer, and more. Ultrasounds are a form of diagnostic imaging, just like x-rays or CT scans.

                                                                                                                                              From physical therapists to obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYN), all kinds of healthcare providers use ultrasound imaging to diagnose and treat their patients. You may sometimes hear doctors call ultrasounds “sonography” or “sonograms.” These terms are interchangeable with “ultrasound” and mean the same thing.

                                                                                                                                              What types of ultrasounds are there?

                                                                                                                                              While all ultrasounds use soundwaves to produce real-time images of organs and internal structures, different procedures are used in different cases. The type of ultrasound you receive is generally determined by the area of the body that needs to be examined. Common ultrasound procedures include:

                                                                                                                                              - Abdominal ultrasound (Transabdominal ultrasound): Used to examine internal organs, including the bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

                                                                                                                                              - Transvaginal ultrasound: Often used to check for causes of pelvic pain. Though it has a limited field of view, it can produce a more detailed image.

                                                                                                                                              - Pelvic ultrasound: Used to examine internal organs including the ovaries, bladder, testicles, prostate gland, and uterus. This is the very common prenatal diagnostic used to get ultrasound images of gender and check the health of a fetus.

                                                                                                                                              - Thyroid ultrasound: An ultrasound technologist can use this exam to check for over cysts, nodules, and overactive or underactive thyroid glands.

                                                                                                                                              - Carotid and abdominal aorta ultrasound: Can look for blood flow blockages in the arteries of the neck that can cause a stroke.

                                                                                                                                              What can I expect during my ultrasound exam?

                                                                                                                                              Ultrasounds are easy, painless procedures that don’t break the skin or require any injections. Your sonographer will start the ultrasound by applying a gel to the area of your body that they plan to examine. This gel helps produce better internal images of the body. Once it is applied, your sonographer will use a device called a transducer, pressing it against the skin and moving it around to capture the necessary images.

                                                                                                                                              After your sonographer completes the procedure, a radiologist will examine the images and send a report back to your primary care doctor. Your doctor will share your results with you and discuss next steps. If your doctor detects any abnormalities, they may order a biopsy to investigate further.

                                                                                                                                              Usually, you won’t need to prepare anything before your ultrasound appointment. In some cases, though, your sonographer may recommend you take some steps to help improve your procedure. If you're receiving a gallbladder ultrasound, for example, you may need to fast an hour prior to the procedure. For pelvic ultrasounds, your sonographer may ask that you come with a full bladder. It’s recommended you come in comfortable clothing and leave jewelry at home.

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                                                                                                                                              Why do I need an ultrasound during the first trimester of pregnancy?

                                                                                                                                              Ultrasounds are a non-invasive imaging technique that allows doctors to get a vantage point of the health of an unborn baby and the mother without surgery or exposure to ionizing radiation (present in X-ray scans).

                                                                                                                                              Obstetric ultrasounds performed during the 1st trimester of pregnancy can help doctors:
                                                                                                                                              - Confirm a pregnancy
                                                                                                                                              - Evaluate the baby’s growth and size
                                                                                                                                              - Determine the baby’s gestational age (this indicates how long the fetus has been developing, which may help establish a due date)
                                                                                                                                              - Detect an ectopic pregnancy (a developing pregnancy located outside of the uterus)
                                                                                                                                              - Detect and confirm a multiple pregnancy
                                                                                                                                              - Evaluate the health of the placenta (the organ that provides a developing fetus oxygen and nutrients as it develops)
                                                                                                                                              - Evaluate the amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds a fetus in the womb)
                                                                                                                                              - Identify birth defects
                                                                                                                                              - Examine and diagnose complications (such as irregular bleeding)
                                                                                                                                              - Examine the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and bladder for complications or abnormalities


                                                                                                                                              Ultrasounds are performed for medical reasons. Even though they do produce images of an unborn baby, these appointments are not intended to provide parents with keepsake pictures of their developing baby. If you would like an ultrasound for reassurance about the development of your baby, you may ask your health care provider or obstetrician about scheduling an ultrasound.

                                                                                                                                              Why do I need an ultrasound during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy?

                                                                                                                                              Ultrasounds are a non-invasive imaging technique that allows doctors to get a vantage point of the health of an unborn baby and the mother without surgery or exposure to ionizing radiation (present in X-ray scans).

                                                                                                                                              Obstetric ultrasounds performed during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy can help doctors:
                                                                                                                                              - Determine the anatomy of the baby
                                                                                                                                              - Evaluate the baby’s growth and size
                                                                                                                                              - Evaluate the placenta and amniotic fluid - the fluid that surrounds the baby in the uterus - for complications and nutrient composition
                                                                                                                                              - Identify birth defects
                                                                                                                                              - Examine and diagnose complications (such as irregular bleeding)
                                                                                                                                              - Examine the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and bladder for complications or abnormalities


                                                                                                                                              Ultrasounds are performed for medical reasons. Even though they do produce images of an unborn baby, these appointments are not intended to provide parents with keepsake pictures of their developing baby. If you would like an ultrasound for reassurance about the development of your baby, you may ask your health care provider or obstetrician about scheduling an ultrasound.

                                                                                                                                              What are the types of breast exams you can get?

                                                                                                                                              Health care providers use breast exams and mammograms to detect cancer in breast tissue before symptoms occur. There are a few ways in which you can get tested:

                                                                                                                                              Mammogram: A screening mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that takes two or more x-rays of each breast to check for tumors and abnormalities.

                                                                                                                                              Breast ultrasound: If abnormalities are found during your mammogram, your doctor may request a breast ultrasound, which uses sound waves to see the breast tissue in real-time. A breast ultrasound is a useful option for women with dense breasts.

                                                                                                                                              Breast tomosynthesis (3-D mammography): Uses x-rays and computer technology to create a 3-D image of the breast. 3-D mammography is another useful option for women with dense breasts.

                                                                                                                                              Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM): Combines 3-D mammography with a contrast dye to better detect breast cancer in those who are high-risk or who have dense breasts.

                                                                                                                                              Breast MRI: Uses radio waves and magnets, along with a computer to create a detailed image of your breast. This is a great option for those who have previously had breast cancer and would like to avoid the radiation from a regular mammogram.

                                                                                                                                              Self-exam: This is an at-home exam where you check your breasts for any unusual lumps or thickening of the skin. Learn how to perform a self-exam here.

                                                                                                                                              What is a mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms are one of the primary tools that doctors use to detect breast cancer in patients. They play a key role in ensuring that cancers are caught early - before they spread and while they are still easily treatable.

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms take x-rays of the breasts to screen for cancer, as well as for other abnormalities, like cysts, calcifications, and fibroadenomas. Screening mammography is one of the primary tools that doctors use to screen patients for breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                              The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that all women should "have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if a screen earlier than age 40 is needed."

                                                                                                                                              What is a screening mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms are one of the primary tools that doctors use to detect breast cancer in patients. They play a key role in ensuring that cancers are caught early - before they spread and while they are still easily treatable.

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms take x-rays of the breasts to screen for cancer, as well as for other abnormalities, like cysts, calcifications, and fibroadenomas. Screening mammography is one of the primary tools that doctors use to screen patients for breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                              The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that all women should "have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if a screen earlier than age 40 is needed."

                                                                                                                                              A screening mammogram is a preliminary exam used to detect breast cancer in women who have displayed no signs or symptoms and are at average risk for cancer. A diagnostic mammogram, on the other hand, is used after a screening mammogram to examine a suspicious lump or mass in the breast.

                                                                                                                                              Screening mammograms are not used for diagnosis. Instead, they offer your health care team a baseline to compare future mammograms against.

                                                                                                                                              What happens during a screening mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              You will be asked to disrobe from the waist up. In some clinics, you may be given a gown to wear.

                                                                                                                                              During the exam, you will be asked to stand in front of an X-ray machine specially designed for mammography. A member of the imaging team will place your breast onto a platform that is raised or lowered to match your height. A clear plate will be placed on the other side of your breast to compress the tissue and spread it out. This may cause mild discomfort, but shouldn’t be painful. The platform under your breast will emit X-ray beams to create an image of the breast’s internal tissue. This image is recorded on a monitor by a technologist. This process will usually be done for both breasts. During the X-ray, you may be asked to hold your breath while the image is being taken to prevent blurring.

                                                                                                                                              The procedure may take 15-30 minutes, after which time you will be instructed to change back into your regular clothes.

                                                                                                                                              In most cases, you will be cleared to leave the clinic after the exam takes place. Mammograms do not require sedation, so you are free to go about your daily activities as soon as you leave the office.

                                                                                                                                              What is a diagnostic mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms are one of the primary tools that doctors use to detect breast cancer in patients. They play a key role in ensuring that cancers are caught early - before they spread and while they are still easily treatable.

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms take x-rays of the breasts to screen for cancer, as well as for other abnormalities, like cysts, calcifications, and fibroadenomas. Screening mammography is one of the primary tools that doctors use to screen patients for breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                              The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that all women should "have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if a screen earlier than age 40 is needed."

                                                                                                                                              Diagnostic mammograms are follow-up tests used to examine suspicious results of a breast screening. If the preliminary test found a lump or other changes in tissue that may indicate breast cancer, your doctor will request a diagnostic mammogram to diagnose the problem.

                                                                                                                                              Diagnostic mammograms use several X-ray images to provide doctors with multiple vantage points at the area of concern.

                                                                                                                                              What happens during a diagnostic mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              You will be asked to disrobe from the waist up. In some clinics, you may be given a gown to wear.

                                                                                                                                              During the exam, you will be asked to stand in front of an X-ray machine specially designed for mammography. A member of the imaging team will place your breast onto a platform that is raised or lowered to match your height. A clear plate will be placed on the other side of your breast to compress the tissue and spread it out. This may cause mild discomfort, but shouldn’t be painful. The platform under your breast will emit X-ray beams to create an image of the breast’s internal tissue. This image is recorded on a monitor by a technologist. This process will usually be done for both breasts. During the X-ray, you may be asked to hold your breath while the image is being taken to prevent blurring.

                                                                                                                                              The procedure may take 20-30 minutes, after which time you will be instructed to change back into your regular clothes.

                                                                                                                                              In most cases, you will be cleared to leave the clinic after the exam takes place. Mammograms do not require sedation, so you are free to go about your daily activities as soon as you leave the office.

                                                                                                                                              What happens after my diagnostic mammogram?

                                                                                                                                              The sequence of images taken by the mammography machine will be examined and analyzed by a radiologist, a medical doctor with specialized training in interpreting diagnostic imaging. The radiologist will be looking for signs of breast cancer. After the images are reviewed, the radiologist will submit a report to your primary care provider, who will discuss the results with you. This may take 1-3 business days depending on the clinic, and when your exam was scheduled.

                                                                                                                                              After your appointment, discuss the next steps with your provider. Further testing may be needed, or a definitive diagnosis may have been reached. If you do not hear about your results after 10 days of your exam, contact your primary care provider.

                                                                                                                                              What are 3D mammograms?

                                                                                                                                              3-D mammograms are another tool that doctors use to screen for breast cancer and abnormalities. 3D mammography combines multiple x-ray breast imaging slides to create a multi-dimensional picture of the breasts.

                                                                                                                                              Digital mammography is a great option for women with dense breast tissue. It detects a wider range of cancers than traditional mammograms and reduces the likelihood that you'll need to schedule follow-up appointments for further diagnostic imaging.

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                                                                                                                                              What are the benefits of mammography?

                                                                                                                                              Early detection is crucial in catching breast cancer and starting treatment before it spreads. Studies show that regular diagnostic mammograms have helped reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in women - particularly among women over the age of 50.

                                                                                                                                              Mammograms are highly effective at screening not just for breast cancer, but also for rarer types of tumors like invasive ductal and lobular cancers. Mammograms catch cancers early. In some cases, if the cancer is still early-stage, you may not even need radiation or chemotherapy for treatment.

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                                                                                                                                              What do doctors look for in a mammogram interpretation?

                                                                                                                                              Doctors generally look at breast density, as some data suggests that women with denser breasts get delayed diagnoses as it's harder to detect breast cancer. They also look for mass lesions and evaluate the symmetry of the glandular tissue, as a lack of symmetry can sometimes be an indicator of an underlying issue. But often the earliest sign can be tiny micro-calcifications, which look like tiny specs of white in a mammogram that may indicate early cancer.

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