Beacon Orthopaedics Imaging Services
Beacon Orthopaedics offers a full range of imaging services at both the Summit Woods and Beacon West locations. Imaging services include MRI, DEXA bone density scanners, and X-Ray.
Our friendly and capable staff in conjunction with our state of the art imaging facility will provide a comfortable MRI imaging experience for a broad spectrum of individual patient needs. From our closed scanner to our wide bore scanner, the MRI services at Beacon are designed to accommodate our entire patient population.
Preparing for your MRI
Click here to download and complete the safety screening form before your first appointment.
You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. Depending on the scan you are having you may be asked to put on paper shorts and/or scrub top and asked to remove dentures. If you are able to wear comfortable clothing without buckles or zippers, you will hopefully not be asked to change. This would include wearing a sports bra for female patients with upper body scans if possible.
If your job requires you to work in an area where there are fine metal shavings or metal dust particles in the air, you will need to go home and shower and put clean clothing on before coming for the scan. The magnet will pull these particles out of your hair or off your clothing and it will damage the magnet.
Because of the magnetic field you will be asked to leave the following items in a locker outside the scan room:
• Credit Cards/wallet
• Hair Pins
• Other Metal Objects
Because of the potential harmful effects associated with metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with the MRI technologist if you have had any surgeries or any of the following. Please check with the MRI technologist prior to arriving for the scan because with some of these you are not able to have a MRI.
• Aneurysm Clips
• Foreign Metal Objects In the Eye
• Neuro-stimulator (Tens Unit)
• Surgical Staples
• Shrapnel or Bullet Wounds
• Metal Implants
• Implanted Drug Infusion Device
• Permanent Eyeliner
If you are pregnant you should notify your physician
Preparing for your DEXA Scan
How should I prepare for the test?
This is a non-invasive test and requires very little preparation. You can eat or drink normally on the day of the test. If you are taking calcium supplements, stop taking them for 24 hours prior to your test. Do wear loose clothing that has no metal zippers or metal buttons. For female patients if you have a sport bra, please wear it to avoid having to remove your bra. Please let the technologist know if you have had any kind of back or hip surgery.
Is there anyone who should not have this test?
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant you should not have this test. If you have had another procedure with contrast in the last 7 days or had a nuclear scan in the last 7 days you should not have this test. Examples are barium enema, upper GI, CT scan, bone scan or thyroid study.
X-Ray Equipment - Konica CR (Computed Radiography)
Computed Radiography (CR) uses very similar equipment to conventional radiography except that in place of a film to create the image, an imaging plate (IP) made of photostimulable phosphor is used. The imaging plate housed in a special cassette and placed under the body part or object to be examined and the x-ray exposure is made. Hence, instead of taking an exposed film into a darkroom for developing in chemical tanks or an automatic film processor, the imaging plate is run through a special laser scanner, or CR reader, that reads and digitizes the image. The digital image can then be viewed and enhanced using software that has functions very similar to other conventional digital image-processing software, such as contrast, brightness, filtration and zoom.
Advantages of CR
• Computed radiography often requires fewer retakes due to under- or over-exposure which results in lower overall dose to the patient.
• Image acquisition is much faster - image previews can be available in less than 15 seconds.
• By adjusting image brightness and/or contrast, a wide range of thicknesses may be examined in one exposure, unlike conventional film based radiography, which may require a different exposure or multiple film speeds in one exposure to cover wide thickness range in a component.
• Images can be enhanced digitally to aid in interpretation.
• Images can be stored on disk or transmitted for off-site review
Meet the Radiologists
In partnership with the Beacon physicians, the following radiologists from Medical X-Ray Inc, are able to provide patients with the highest quality care possible. These radiologists are on site Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and also provide teleradiology on other days.For more information on the group, click here.
Kimberly “Kim” S. Draud, MD
Michael C. Kreeger, M.D.
James “Jim” M. Meranus, MD
James Schafer, MD, PhD
Jeff Fitzgerald, MD