Open MRI of Louisiana
Providing quality patient care is not only a priority at Houma Orthopedic Clinic, it
is part of our mission as an orthopedic group. It begins with open and honest communication
between you and your physician. If a procedure is specified, you will understand why and
what you can expect throughout your treatment. All diagnostic imaging performed at Open
MRI allows the highest quality MRI’s to be completed in a familiar and welcoming
In our continuing effort to better serve our patients, Houma Orthopedic Clinic offers
state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as well as Digital X-Rays. We offer
a wide, patient friendly, full body scanner with pleasant lighting and ventilation to
reduce anxiety creating a calm and relaxing MRI experience.
Houma Orthopedic Clinic is fully equipped with x-ray rooms to provide a full spectrum of
radiography services. Our equipment is routinely inspected by a state physicist to be
certain that all safety standards are met or exceeded. We employ only licensed,
registered radiologic technologists to ensure quality examinations.
What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a revolutionary new diagnostic procedure. It is
almost always performed on an outpatient basis, so it is convenient for the patient.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging method used to view internal body
structures using combinations of radio waves and magnetic fields. An MRI is the
safest and most comprehensive way to diagnose certain conditions within the body.
An MRI requires no radiation; it is a proven safe procedure. The level of accuracy
it affords is outstanding. MRI Scans are so precise, they can many times differentiate
between healthy and unhealthy tissue before symptoms occur. MRI has been used successfully
in diagnosing abnormalities in all parts of the body. This makes it one of the most
versatile diagnostic tools available today.
Why would my physician recommend it?
There are many reasons why your physician might recommend an MRI Scan. First, it requires
no radiation; it is a proven safe procedure. Second, the level of accuracy it affords is
outstanding. MRI Scans are so precise, they can many times differentiate between healthy
and unhealthy tissue before symptoms occur.
What are the advantages of MRI over existing technologies?
Without the use of radiation, such as X-rays and CAT scans, your physician can obtain a
clear picture of areas in your body to identify adverse conditions and help determine
the best method of treatment. MRI uses magnets, radio waves, and computer photographic
techniques, none of which cause any pain to the patient. Until now, MRI has been a
stressful, uncomfortable procedure. Patients were placed in tight and confined
surroundings, and the noise level of the magnets has been discomforting. Now, you can
be more comfortable. Short bore MRI is equipped with Pianissimo, a technology by
Toshiba which reduces noise by as much as 90% when compared to traditional MRI.
Are there any risks about MRI that I should be aware of?
While the procedure presents far less risk than traditional MRIs, there are some patients
who should be particularly aware of any MRI procedure:
- Patients with a Cardiac Pacemaker
- Patients with an Aneurysm Clip
- Patients with an Inner Ear Implant
- Patients with Metal Fragments in the Eye
- Patients who are Pregnant
What should I expect before my MRI?
One of our technologists will meet with you to answer any questions. You will be shown to
a private dressing room where you will change into a gown or scrubs for the procedure. All
jewelry must be removed prior to the scan; therefore, it is advisable to leave all valuables
at home. Next, you will be asked a few questions about your medical history and the test will
be explained to you.
How does the MRI Scanner work?
Basically, a Magnetic Resonance Scanner is a huge magnet that uses radio waves to develop
internal images of your body and organs. The signals are analyzed by special computers to
produce the images that the radiologists will interpret in order to make a diagnosis.
What is the actual MRI like?
First of all, the scan is totally painless. You will feel nothing during the test, except
for hearing a thumping sound similar to a drum roll. Earplugs are available if needed.
During the scan, you will be lying on a special “table” that slides into a large white
cylinder which fits inside the magnet. You will be asked to stay as still as possible
during the test so that the pictures are as clear and precise as possible. Generally,
the scan takes 20 to 30 minutes although this depends upon the area to be scanned.
Following your exam, a radiologist will review and interpret your images within 24 to 48
hours. The interpretation will be forwarded to your physician who will then develop a
treatment plan that is right for you.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your MRI or injection appointment.
- Examinations may take 15-45 minutes.
- Eat and drink normally.
- Take your regular medication unless your doctor instructs otherwise.
- It may be easier to relax if you do not drink too much liquid immediately before the scan.
- Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners. You will be provided with a set of scrubs or an examining gown.
- Notify the staff if you have metal in your body (i.e. Welding or cutting shavings, or shrapnel).
- Notify the staff as early as possible if you have any health aids or appliances (i.e. pacemaker, hearing aid, dental bridges, clips, implants or surgical staples, or if you are pregnant.
- We suggest you place your valuables, wallet and handbags in a secure place prior to entering our facility. However, we do have lockers.
- It is not a good idea to wear eye shadow or mascara
*MRI creates a strong magnetic field. So, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, watches and other
personal effects that contain metal should not be brought into the MRI area. Credit
cards, bank debit cards, and other forms of identification that have magnetic strips
may have their information erased if they are brought into the MRI area. Leave these
at home, or keep them outside of the MRI area.
If you are unable to keep your MRI appointment, please call (985) 857-9790.
How does Open MRI prepare for my procedure?
- We will schedule your MRI and follow-up appointment prior to you leaving our office.
- We will contact your insurance company to obtain authorization, if necessary.
- If we are unable to authorize your MRI, you will be contacted to reschedule your appointment.
- Your images will be interpreted by Dr. Stephen Pomeranz.
- Your images will be sent electronically to your Houma Orthopedic Clinic physician.
Where do I check-in for Open MRI?
You will check-in at Open MRI of Louisiana located at 1001 School Street, Suite B, Houma LA
70360. Once you have checked in, you will be directed to Open MRI. Please arrive 30 minutes
prior to your appointment.
Any patient portion of payment will be due at the time of service. If you cannot pay, your
appointment will be cancelled. Open MRI requires a 7 day advanced notice in request of images.
Who will interpret my MRI?
Your MRI will be interpreted by Dr. Stephen Pomeranz, noted the world over as one of the
leading specialists in the field of MRI and the interpretation of MRI diagnostic results.
Dr. Pomeranz is a diagnostic and technical consultant to many other medical and imaging
institutions as well as the National Basketball Association and the National Football
League. His consulting abilities are considered to be among the most precise and
finest available anywhere. He is also a respected author, lecturer and editor.
Dr. Pomeranz and his esteemed staff will read and interpret every MRI at Open MRI
of Louisiana. Their response time, in most cases, will be within 24 hours or the
next business day following the procedure. In more serious cases, or when there
is a life-threatening condition, the response will be immediate.
What is an X-Ray?
Radiography is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic problems
Why would my doctor recommend it?
X-rays are done to:
- Evaluate the cause of pain
- Determine whether your bone is fractured or the joint dislocated
- Determine whether fluid has built up in the joint
- Evaluate changes in your bones caused by conditions such as an infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths, or other bone disease
- Determine whether your bones are positioned properly after treating a fracture or dislocation
We also do x-rays for other physicians, outside the specialty of orthopedics.
In an effort to reduce waiting time, your doctor may request that you be x-rayed
prior to your exam, especially with new problems or injuries.
Pregnancy and the risk of radiation exposure to your baby (fetus) must be considered,
so it is important that you notify the doctor or technologist if there is a chance that
you are pregnant, especially in the early stages.
Our quality care continues with our modern diagnostic capabilities. Our
state-of-the-art equipment includes Direct Radiography (DR). DR allows us to capture
hospital-quality digital images (digital x-rays) on a computer screen. DR is a
well-proven technology. It provides a digital image acquisition process that produces
images superior to conventional x-ray on film. X-ray digital images are read,
interpreted, and stored on a computer or PACS. This direct radiography system provides
the opportunity for more rapid inspection, immediate feedback, and systems can be
networked for easy distribution of images.
Open MRI of Louisiana
A Division of Houma Orthopedic Clinic
1001 School St. Suite B, Houma LA 70360