1724 West Union Ave.
Suite B-100
Tacoma, WA 98405

Hours

Monday to Friday, 7:00 am — 7:00 pm

Phone

 253.830.5215
 253.830.5219

Puget Sound Imaging Provides State-of-the-Art MRI Technologies

psi-logo-sign-on-glass-at-psiA Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging tool that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed pictures of structures inside your body, mainly muscles, tendons, bones and surrounding soft tissue. The exam helps your doctor to evaluate and diagnose a variety of orthopaedic problems, such as tendon tears, joint disorders and abnormalities, bone infections, hairline fractures, as well as any tumors of the bone and soft tissues.

Puget Sound Imaging performs most types of body part exams, specifically exams related to orthopaedics. When your doctor needs a better picture, contrast agents are injected into your blood stream to increase the visibility of bones and soft tissues. Contrast agents can also be used in an exam called an arthrogram where the contrast is injected directly into the joint, under sterile conditions and with local anesthetic, to increase the visibility of a joint. If you are over the age of 60 or have any renal function problems such as diabetes or hepatitis C; lab work is required to confirm good kidney function.

Quality and Safety. Puget Sound Imaging has earned the ACR (American College of Radiology) MRI accreditation for Orthopaedics and Spine providing our patients with the ongoing assurance that our care has met the most rigorous national standards for quality and safety.

More “open” space helps reduce MRI anxiety. Puget Sound Imaging’s Magnetom Espree Open Bore MRI accommodates patients of all ages and sizes (up to 550 lbs.). The wider diameter of the inner bore opening helps to reduce anxiety and feelings of claustrophobia. In fact, 60 percent of exams can be done with the patient’s head outside of the MRI system.

Personalized Patient Care. The imaging staff is dedicated to providing each patient with personalized care that fits their specific needs. To help you feel more relaxed we offer each patient a choice of music selections playing during the exam on an in-house Pandora-connected audio system.

Helpful Assistance. The authorization specialists provide helpful assistance with insurance authorizations to ensure patient appointments are scheduled as quickly as possible.

Imaging Partnership. At Puget Sound Imaging we have board certified radiologists from TRA Imaging interpret your imaging to help us get your exam results back to you as quickly as possible.

There is no radiation involved with MRI but there are serious safety concerns regarding implant safety and burning.

~ Remove all medication patches and jewelry: Certain medication patches or jewelry can heat up during the MRI.
~ Let your MRI tech know about any implants you may have or past surgeries that have left implants in your body: Some implants have specific scanning parameters to avoid overheating.

Pacemaker or defibrillator

  • Brian clips or aortic clips
  • Pain stimulating unit or internal TENS unit
  • Diabetic, liver or kidney issues, Hep C, or hypertension
  • Insulin pump
  • Coronary, artery or heart surgery
  • Any other implanted device not listed

Current or previous metal injuries to the eyes: You will need to be cleared by a X-ray examination to enter the MRI room. If you have previously cleared your eyes with X-ray a report will be required to avoid another screening.

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  • Puget Sound Imaging DOES NOT offer sedation or distribute medication. But, we can work with your provider to get a prescription filled before your appointment. If you take a sedation medication, we require you to have a driver after the exam.
  • The test may take 30 to 90 minutes.
  • Patients will be asked to change into a gown or scrub pants for patient safety.