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.
Jenneth Anderson, R.T.(R)
Jennie serves as the MRI Director for the MRI Centers of Georgia four locations. Jennie graduated from Southern Crescent Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Sciences. She has very much enjoyed her career in patient care over the past 14 years and takes pride in taking care of her patients like she would want her own family to be taken care of whenever they were to visit a physician’s office. Outside of work, Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband and beautiful children. Her hobbies include aesthetics, sewing, crafting, and gardening in our wonderful Georgia weather!
Pamela Barnett, R.T.(R)
Pam earned her Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology from West Georgia Technical College. Upon her graduation in 2012, Pam was a GOAL Finalist and received the Edward Mallinckrodt Award of Excellence. Pam is extremely passionate about her diagnostic imaging career as she is able to place a major emphasis on patient care. When a patient falls asleep during their MRI, she feels that her job has been done exceptionally well! When she is not scanning patients, Pam enjoys building furniture out of reclaimed wood, listening to various genres of music, and spending time with her husband and son doing activities outdoors.
Hiwot Yohannes, R.T.(R)
Hiwot earned her Associate’s Degree in Radiology Technology in Denver, Colorado in 2009. She moved to the Atlanta in 2010 and shortly after began her career with the Ankle & Foot Centers team. Hiwot is originally from East Africa, Ethiopia. Her professional goals and interests include providing exceptional patient care, accurate imaging, and communicating accurately and professionally with her patients, doctors, and radiologists. She is currently continuing her education with courses in full body MRI imaging. When she is not working, Hiwot enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. They enjoy taking walks, cooking together, and listening to music.
Brandy M. Brandt, R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Brandy, a Texas native, moved to Georgia in 2003 with her family. Brandy received her Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology in 2011 from West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange, Georgia. She continues to further her education in the MRI and podiatry fields. Her future goals include going back to school and receiving her Bachelor’s Degree. Outside of work, Brandy is a newlywed who actively practices photography. She also enjoys traveling home to Texas every chance she can get to visit her family and spend time on their family farm.