Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): What You Need To Know

If you’ve been in an accident or suffer from an injury, you should consider having an MRI. But the fact that not all MRIs are created equal is often overlooked. It’s important to find out about the quality of the MRI clinic’s hardware and software and ask questions about the training and credentials of the radiologists and technologists.

Canadian Magnetic Imaging, a private, Vancouver-based MRI clinic, boasts hardware and software that are kept current with the advances in MRI technology. CMI’s scans are conducted by experienced technologists and read by teaching hospital–based radiologists. Teaching hospitals function on the cutting edge of research and technology, so affiliated radiologists gain an elevated depth and breadth of experience.

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In the case of a car accident, slip and fall, or other personal injury, CMI also provides a valued service to lawyers. Says Todd Cherniak, President & General Counsel of CMI, “MRI can be extremely helpful to the injured party, their lawyer and the insurer in resolving the claim. By providing immediate access to MRI, injury victims with insurance claims are able to have quick and accurate assessments of their injuries and move forward with their claim.”

After all, an MRI that shows positive findings of injury provides the objective evidence necessary to support your claim. If there is no evidence of injury, then you can move forward with peace of mind and resolve your claim early on. MRIs are readily accepted in court. 

The process is quick and easy. After a doctor or chiropractor provides a referral directly to CMI, a patient at CMI can expect to be seen within a couple days and to receive the report through their GP just days later.

Not all clinics employ radiologists who specialize in different areas of the body. Each member of CMI’s radiology team is highly trained to read scans of the specific area of your body being imaged. CMI’s technologists are the professionals who administer the scans, interact with patients, and give commands to the computer to optimize the capability of CMI’s magnet. 

The magnet itself offers advantages over traditional MRI scanners — at only four feet long, over 60 per cent of exams can be conducted with the patient’s head outside of the scanner, and with its wider “open bore” design, the scanner has room for patients up to 550 pounds.

For more information about Canadian Magnetic Imaging’s state of the art facilities, visit them online at www.canmagnetic.com, on Facebook or Twitter, call them at 604-733-5563 or visit their clinic at 18 – 3195 Granville Street. 

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