My Exam

Answers to your questions about your upcoming exam

Why are the lights in the MRI room so bright?

Some MRI exams require an IV injection, it is important for our technologists to have good lighting to be able to start an IV. If the light is too bright and uncomfortable please alert your technologist. We have eye/sleep masks available, these masks also help with claustrophobia and you get to keep it after your exam.

Why is it so cold in the MRI room?

MRI Machines use very powerful magnets to achieve the highest quality images. These magnets produce heat and need to be kept cold to function properly. If you feel too cold during your exam please alert your technologist and they will be happy to provide you with a blanket.

What happens to my X-Ray after the procedure?

The results of modern X-Rays are saved digitally on computers, which can be viewed in minutes. A radiologist will examine the results and report back to the doctor for patient explanation. In emergency cases, X-Rays can be available in minutes if necessary. X-Rays are performed at all seven SDMI locations.

How do I prep for an X-ray?

You can find preparation information here.

How is a Kyphoplasty performed?

Patients are first given mild sedation through an IV inserted in the arm before the procedure. Once sedated, an interventional radiologist makes an incision near the compression fracture. A tube is placed into the vertebral body and a balloon is then passed down the tube and inflated to restore the height of the vertebral body. Once the vertebra has regained its natural height, special cement is injected into the space and the tube is removed. The cement hardens once in the vertebral body, creating permanent support for the vertebrae.

What paperwork do I need?

Be sure your Physician sent a referral to SDMI or bring a copy with you.

How soon can I get the results of my scan?

You can access your results from our patient portal, results take a minimum of 5 business days to appear in our patient portal.  Your referring provider will have a copy of your report within a week of your visit date.

What do I need to pay at the time of visit?

Time of visit charges vary greatly by the type of insurance and type of procedure. You will be quoted an estimate, please be aware that estimate may change based on information available from your insurance.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

Please bring a copy of your insurance card, a valid ID, and a list of any medications you are currently taking.

Who can I call if I have questions about my exam prep?

Please call our Scheduling Department at 702-732-6000 (option 1).