Confidence for You and Your Doctor in Cedar Rapids
Comprehensive On-Site Imaging Suite
- Highly trained, board certified radiology technologists
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Same-day, next-day appointments
- Timely reports
- Comforting atmosphere
- Contracts with most insurance plans
- Both our MRI and CT machines are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and the American College of Radiology
- X-Ray. X-rays are a form of radiation that can pass through your body to generate images that can be viewed on a computer by your doctor.
- Computed Tomography (CT). CT or CAT scans also use X-rays generated from an imaging system that rotates around your body to create 3-D pictures. These pictures give your doctor more detailed information about what’s happening inside of your body than a single X-ray image.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). MRI allows your doctors to look at the soft tissues of the body. Unlike X-rays, an MRI scanner does not use ionizing radiation. Instead, it uses a powerful magnet to align the hydrogen atoms in your body. A computer then uses this information to create detailed images.
- Bone Density (DEXA). Quick and painless. This exam measures bone strength and may be helpful in predicting fracture risk. The exam helps diagnose osteoporosis in its early stages and monitor any changes.
- C-Arm Flouroscopy. Uses “live” X-Rays to assist physicians with different medical procedures. Our orthopedic surgeons use it for injections and aspirations. Urologists use it to perform bladder procedures and place stents, while our vascular surgeons use it to perform arthroplastys.
- Ultrasound. This imaging technology uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures in the body—in real time. No ionizing radiation is involved.
Cost-Effective Outpatient Testing
In many cases, in-office imaging services at Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa are less expensive for our patients than other imaging locations. We offer cost-effective outpatient testing services for imaging and many diagnostic procedures.
Avoid long waits for imaging tests. PCI makes the testing process faster and easier for both patients and referring physicians with convenient access to a broad scope of innovative exams and advanced equipment in a comforting setting designed to put you at ease.
Experience and Expertise
Our staff and technical team approach diagnostic testing from the patient’s perspective and are committed to answering questions, providing results quickly and accurately, while easing patient anxiety through compassionate care.
PCI Diagnostic Imaging works in collaboration with PCI physicians and other healthcare providers for a coordinated, patient-centered approach.
Patient comfort is our priority. Average exams last 30-45 minute for non-contrast studies. The calm and sophisticated surroundings of our imaging suite creates a relaxing experience for patients. To enhance the experience, you can select “destination imagery” and choose music from our library or bring your own.
Helpful tips for patient comfort:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal
- Leave jewelry at home if possible
- Regular medications may be taken as prescribed
- How long will the exam take?
A typical exam lasts between 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of study ordered.
- What is an MRI experience like?
Our MRI is staffed with caring and friendly, board certified technologists to answer any questions you have. A brief health screening form is completed, any metal objects are removed, and you may be asked to change into an exam gown. Your provider may also order an IV contrast agent for your exam.
Our tranquil MRI suite is a comfortable 70°, with a wide-padded table. To offset the noise of the MRI, you can bring music that can be played in the suite during your exam. We can also offer you ear plugs. The technologists are able to hear you and speak to you during your entire exam.
- What happens when my exam is complete?
All MRI images are reviewed by the MRI team and sent to a radiologist for an interpretation. In some cases, additional images may be needed at a later date. Typically, patients can leave right after the exam.
- How do I get my MRI results?
Your provider may have you make a follow-up office appointment to discuss the test results in person. In many cases, the provider’s clinical staff will call you with the results within in a day or two.
- Do insurances companies cover MRI scans?
MRI scans are covered by most insurances; however, we recommend that you check with your insurance carrier about your plan’s coverage and any pre-authorization requirements.
- Why do doctors recommend CT scans?
CT scans have revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting almost every part of the body. They allow doctors to see details about your bones and other internal organs quickly. This can help doctors diagnose and treat your medical condition promptly and more economically. Our metal reduction software provides enhanced image quality for those with surgical implants such as total joints and spinal fusions.
- What are my risks?
CT scanners use moderate amounts of X-ray radiation. In fact, the amount of radiation you receive from most scans is equivalent to one year’s worth of natural environmental radiation. Plus, our ability to target radiation more precisely to one part of the body results in considerably less exposure. The PCI CT offers the lowest dose of radiation available in Eastern Iowa.
- What happens during a CT exam?
You are placed comfortably on the table. If the study needs it, you may receive an IV injection. You will pass through the scanner once to help plan the scan. You will then pass through a second time and be asked to hold your breath. The X-rays will come on when the area of interest passes through the opening. No part of the scanner touches you.
- How do I prepare for an exam?
No special preparation is needed for most CT scans. Women should tell their doctors if there is any possibility that they’re pregnant. It’s also important to let the doctor or technologist know if you have any allergies, asthma or kidney trouble, prior to having IV contrast injected. Some may experience side effects due to allergic reactions to IV contrast.