Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), medical diagnostic technique that combines strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and computer technology to create images of the body using the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance. A powerful, versatile, and sensitive tool, MRI can generate thin sections of computerized images of any part of the body, without surgical intervention and in a relatively short period of time.
At Tower, we offer both Open MRI and High Field MRI systems.
MRI Contrast Screening Update Issued by the American College of Radiology, In the recent months, the industry governing body for radiology, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued new prescreening guidelines prior to the adminstration of Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agents (GBMCA).
The ACR Contrast Committee and the Subcommitte for MR safety recommends that a recent Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) assessment be reviewed for patients with a history of:
- Renal Disease (including soliatry kidney, renal transpland and renal tumor)
- Age > 60
- History of Hypertension
- History of Diabetes
- History of severe hepatic deisease/liver transplant/pending liver transplant.
At Tower, we've adopted the ACR guidelines to ensure the utmost safety for our patients. If you have a prescription for a Gadolinium Based MR exam and you fit one of the above categories, our staff will contact your ordering physician and request a copy of your recent lab results outlining the creatinine levels. Once we have obtained your creatinine levels, the GFR will be calculated and then reviewed. If your GFR meets certain criteria and we cannot proceed with the Gadolinium Based exam as ordered, our staff will consult with your ordering physician.
This policy is subject to change as the ACR identifies and issues new recomendations.
MRCP - Nothing by mouth 4 hours before exam.
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