MRI Scans

MRI and
Imaging

Our friendly and capable staff at Bluegrass Orthopaedics, in conjunction with a full range of imaging services at all of our locations, are assembled to provide expedited diagnosis of any orthopaedic conditions. Imaging services include MRI, X-Ray, Ultrasound, and a Dexascan (Bone Densitometer). The MRI scanners provide the highest quality resolution and comprehensive diagnostic study and has many clinical applications. The scan generates a three-dimensional image that shows muscle, tendon, nerve, bone, fat, skin, blood vessel, and all organ and tissues in the body.

Bluegrass Orthopaedics & Hand Care is pleased to announce their acquisition of a new High Field Short Bore MRI scanner. This device is designed to accommodate larger patients comfortably. Additionally, this MRI machine with "open bore" has a larger opening than traditional MRI machines, making it easier for patients with claustrophobia.

The scanner does not expose you to any radiation as does a regular x-ray. Instead, the scanner uses a giant magnet coil to generate a magnetic field that interacts with the tissues of the body. A computer then interprets all the different signals and generates an image of the part that is examined. This means it provides a faster exam time for patients, provides the doctors with a more detailed image and relieves the problem of claustrophobia.

In order to be scanned, the patient must lie down on a bed that is slowly moved into a tunnel. However, this MRI provides a full foot of space above the patient's head and it is among the shortest tunnel MRI on the market. There is no pain or discomfort and no known side effects.

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Preparing for Your MRI

You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. Depending on the scan you are having you may be asked to put on paper shorts and/or scrub top and asked to remove dentures. If you are able to wear comfortable clothing without buckles or zippers, you will hopefully not be asked to change. This would include wearing a sports bra for female patients with upper body scans if possible.

If your job requires you to work in an area where there are fine metal shavings or metal dust particles in the air, you will need to go home and shower and put clean clothing on before coming for the scan. The magnet will pull these particles out of your hair or off your clothing and it will damage the magnet.

Because of the potential harmful effects associated with metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with the MRI technologist if you have had any surgeries or any of the following. Please check with the MRI technologist prior to arriving for the scan because with some of these you are not able to have a MRI.

  • Pacemaker
  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Foreign Metal Objects In the Eye
  • Neuro-Stimulator (Tens Unit)
  • Surgical Staples
  • Shrapnel or Bullet Wounds
  • Implanted Drug Infusion Device
  • Permanent Eyeliner

If you are pregnant you should notify your physician.

Please contact our High Field Short Bone MRI Department at (859) 422-4566 Ext. 502

Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave the following items in a locker outside the scan room:

  • Coins
  • Watches
  • Credit Cards/Wallet
  • Hair Pins
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Keys
  • Other Metal Objects

How Doctor Care Should Be! very kind and considerate listen to my concern and issues explain xray to me discussed treatment plan

Anonymous

Dr. Vasicek explained every procedure and showed me my MRI so I could understand what was wrong and what she could do for me. I was really in pain and I needed someone to help me, she melted all my fears and took action. She checked on... Dr. Vasicek explained every procedure and showed me my MRI so I could understand what was wrong and what she could do for me. I was really in pain and I needed someone to help me, she melted all my fears and took action. She checked on me often after surgery and I really felt that she understood. She really listened. Thanks to her, I am happy with my new Christmas Knee.

Teresa Brown

I've been going here for years. I've been seen for my ankle, knee and shoulder. He has done MRI's on everything and ordered xrays when needed. He has always been so thorough and helpful. I currently have another knee injury and the E.r... I've been going here for years. I've been seen for my ankle, knee and shoulder. He has done MRI's on everything and ordered xrays when needed. He has always been so thorough and helpful. I currently have another knee injury and the E.r wanted to refer me elsewhere. I will not go anywhere else. He had no issues with signing forms for when in was in high school to get out of gym class until healed.

Anonymous

My appointment with Dr. Veronica Vasicek was very good. The staff took the X-rays at the start of my appointment and she discussed them with me just minutes later in detail explaining what we were looking at and what implications... My appointment with Dr. Veronica Vasicek was very good. The staff took the X-rays at the start of my appointment and she discussed them with me just minutes later in detail explaining what we were looking at and what implications everything had. I was and am very pleased with my appointment with her. She knew what she was talking about. Thank you. Mike

Anonymous

Dr. Christensen is amazing. His assistant Brittney, is amazing also. I very highly recommend them. The Specialty Surgery Center was outstanding. The nurses I had were, Tracy H, Janice, Lori ( OR nurse), Lesley (OR Tech), Elizabeth (... Dr. Christensen is amazing. His assistant Brittney, is amazing also. I very highly recommend them. The Specialty Surgery Center was outstanding. The nurses I had were, Tracy H, Janice, Lori ( OR nurse), Lesley (OR Tech), Elizabeth ( patient care tech). Dr. C needed an Xray prior to my hip replacement. An XRay tech came in early to do it. Unfortunately, I don't know her name,however, she was awesome too. I couldn't recommend both the health care and the facility any higher. This was my second encounter with the surgery center and Dr. C., which I think speaks highly of both.

Jackie Lewis Fannin

Dr. Vasicek is awesome! She took a look at my x-rays and took a few additional ones and explained in detail what needed to be done. All the staff that I came into contact with were all friendly and professional. From check-in, physical... Dr. Vasicek is awesome! She took a look at my x-rays and took a few additional ones and explained in detail what needed to be done. All the staff that I came into contact with were all friendly and professional. From check-in, physical therapy to check-out. I appreciate Tina, Dr. Vasiceks clinical assistant, who went above and beyond the call of duty helping get all the updated short term disability paperwork to my employers. Dr. Vasicek took great care of me!

Cathy Collier O'Dell

Saw Dr. Vasicek shortly and was able to explain my concerns, we looked together at the X Rays , found no damage to the knee, on the left leg whose femur I had broken. Dr. Vasicek also explained why I had so much pain there and gave me a... Saw Dr. Vasicek shortly and was able to explain my concerns, we looked together at the X Rays , found no damage to the knee, on the left leg whose femur I had broken. Dr. Vasicek also explained why I had so much pain there and gave me a prescription to help me there.I am grateful that she took so much time to easy my anxiety .Her double Knee replacements 2 years ago have helped me to continue my travels and I was very afraid that I might have hurt the left knee. Best most caring Dr of all

Anonymous

Very smooth process getting an appointment, getting into see Dr Huff etc. xrays done eval and injection all in 1 visit

Lora

Had a new problem with my neck and after x-rays I was offered an injection in the problem area. Today I feel much better. Dr Lockstadt is very receptive to his patients.

Anonymous

It has been awesome I have had several incidents and just ran in there for an x-ray to make sure I haven't really hurt my arm every time I go in there I get right back there they always take me in they have never turned me away and me... It has been awesome I have had several incidents and just ran in there for an x-ray to make sure I haven't really hurt my arm every time I go in there I get right back there they always take me in they have never turned me away and me thinking I was hurt they are all awesome

Sherry Stivers

The scanner does not expose you to any radiation as does a regular x-ray. Instead, the scanner uses a giant magnet coil to generate a magnetic field that interacts with the tissues of the body. A computer then interprets all the different signals and generates an image of the part that is examined. This means it provides a faster exam time for patients, provides the doctors with a more detailed image and relieves the problem of claustrophobia.

In order to be scanned, the patient must lie down on a bed that is slowly moved into a tunnel. However, this MRI provides a full foot of space above the patient's head and it is among the shortest tunnel MRI on the market. There is no pain or discomfort and no known side effects.

x-rays of body parts