In April 2008, TVO's MRI Facility joined the Pleasanton
office at their new location. at 4626 Willow Road (at the corner of Stoneridge, in the Hacienda Business Park). For more information, please call us at 866-623-7600.
What is MRI?
Briefly, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless, noninvasive technology that has been in use for over twenty (20) years, and allows physicians to see highly detailed “cross-sectional” images of parts of the body. The Orthopedic Open MRI used by Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists (TVO) uses an innovative, open C-shaped permanent magnet. This open design works well for extremity imaging, and helps make the procedure both relatively quiet and stress-free.
What types of MRI studies can the TriValley Orthopedic Open MRI produce?
The TVO Open MRI can perform the same types of studies as whole body system MRI machines. These include: Cervical spine, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Hip, Knee, Ankle, and Foot.
Who will “read” or evaluate the diagnostic images from my Tri-Valley Orthopedic Open MRI?
Selected radiologists from Bay Imaging Consultants interpret the MRI scans from the TVO Open MRI.
Once my TVO doctor has advised me to have an MRI, and I have chosen to use Tri-Valley Orthopedic Open MRI, how does scheduling an appointment work?
After reviewing and signing the “Welcome/disclosure form,” and returning it to your TVO doctor’s Patient Care Coordinator, our Open MRI Technician will call for your insurance company’s authorization. Upon approval, she will promptly call you to schedule your appointment.
What do I need to do before my Tri-Valley Orthopedic Open MRI appointment?
Of course, there is paperwork to fill out! There is a very important screening questionnaire which must be completed before you enter the MRI room. You will be asked to identify any types of metal components or fragments which your body carries, whether through accidents or surgical implants (for example, neurological stimulators), and including dentures, hearing aids, any type of prosthesis and certain medication patches.
If the type of MRI study you are having requires contrast materials or dyes, you will be asked about your previous experience, and whether you are allergic to any medications.
And, anyone who accompanies you into the room must fill out a separate screening form. Be sure to allow plenty of time to complete these forms.
What are some of the safety precautions involved in the MRI procedure?
The screening form mentioned above is comprehensive. For safety and precautionary reasons, persons are not allowed in the MRI room if they have any of the following:
- Cardiac pacemaker or implanted defibrillator
- Brain aneurysm clips
- Any type of electronic implants or non-removable devices
- History of intra-orbital metal (metal in the eye – to get an MRI, patients must be cleared by a physician after a negative orbital X-ray)
- Any surgery less than 6 weeks prior that involved clips, staples, coils, filters or stents
Note: Hearing aids and dentures must be removed before entering the MRI room. And of course, watches, cell phones, jewelry, credit cards, eyeglasses, keys and any other metal-containing items (including clothing with metal fasteners) are not allowed in the MRI room. (The MR system magnet is ALWAYS on!)