The doctors and professional staff at the MRI Centers of Georgia strive to stay abreast of the latest and most innovative concepts in lower extremity imaging. All staff members maintain the highest levels of certification and accreditation and complete ongoing education each year.
Since Ankle and Foot Centers inception in 1982, we have established over 20 clinic locations across the Metro-Atlanta area and have proudly served the community for over 30 years. The MRI Centers of Georgia was established in four office locations in September of 2011 to allow patients easy accessibility to MRI imaging when prescribed by a physician. We happily treat patients in and outside of our Ankle and Foot Center clinics with all MRI imaging of the lower extremities.
What is an MRI?
An MRI is a diagnostic test that produces images by using a magnetic field and radio wave energy. There is no radiation involved when a patient is getting an MRI. However, there are a few safety hazards to consider before getting an MRI that is due to magnetic attraction, such as having a pacemaker, a defibrillator, a Neurostimulator, or any bullets/fragments throughout the body. Patients with magnetic material or electronic implants may also be at risk and would possibly not be eligible for an MRI.
What Can I Expect?
When getting an MRI in one of our clinics, you can expect it to be one of the easiest tests ever done! There is only the need to keep the body part being scanned as still as possible. Like with any imaging, any motion creates a “blur” on the image and we aim to give our radiologists clear imaging to make the best clinical diagnosis for each patient. The set up and positioning portion of the MRI can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Scanning time typically averages 30-35 minutes. Upon competition of the MRI, patients are free to return to their daily activities. In some cases, after 20-25 minutes into the scanning process, your foot or ankle may begin to tingle or “fall asleep”, as this is completely normal having the limb stay still for that period of time. We make every effort to make our patients as comfortable as possible; therefore, our patients are usually able to read through a magazine, chat with our technician or take a nap and this all typically results in a pain-free visit. The MRI results are then sent off and reviewed by a radiologist and then a follow up visit is set up with the ordering provider.