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OGH Imaging is the first facility in Louisiana to offer

The Widest Wide-Bore MRI in the Industry

Now that we have added a second scanner, we are the ONLY facility in the United States to have 2 Hitachi Ovals in the same building.

and the second facility in the United States to offer the 32-channel technology.


     Designed around the shape of the body to accommodate the broadest patient spectrum, the Oval MRI embodies our innovative spirit and unwavering commitment to patient comfort without compromising image quality.

     Hitachi’s mastery of patient-focused MR imaging is demonstrated in Echelon Oval’s attention to patient comfort. It begins with, the widest bore (74cm) of any 1.5T. The extra width accommodates the extra-wide table (63cm), with a 550lb weight capacity, and mobility to reduce patient transfers for easy accessibility. The table’s 9+ feet of travel allows patients to enter the bore in the less stressful feet-first orientation for any exam. It lowers to 50cm allowing easy access even for wheelchair patients. Arm boards on either side accommodate patient IVs and extend vertically to ensure patient safety during transport. A positive patient experience is enhanced with adjustable airflow, lighting, and two-way communication. 








     MRI is a noninvasive imaging test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.


     MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses, and computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures.  The images are examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, and can be printed on a CD for other physicians.  MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). 



How do I prepare for my MRI exam?


     Very little preparation is required.  You may eat, drink, and take your medications before your MRI.  You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before your exam.  Because of the potential harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should tell the technologist your complete surgical history, if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, metal in your eyes, metal implants in your ears, implanted drug infusion device, shrapnel or bullet wounds, or permanent makeup. 


     If you have ever been a metal worker, you may be required to have special x-rays before you have an MRI to make sure there are no small metal fragments in your eye(s). 


     Tell your doctor if you are, or suspect you may be pregnant. 


     You will be asked to remove all metallic items from your body, such as your watch, jewelry, hairpins, glasses, and hearing aids.  Do not take bank, credit, or parking cards in to the MRI room, as the magnet will erase all information recorded on the metallic strip.  A locker for these items and for your valuables will be provided outside of the scanning area. 

What can I expect during my MRI exam?


     A registered technologist will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have.  A radiologist will review your medical history and tailor the MRI study specifically for your medical problems. 


     You will be positioned on the MRI table by the technologist.  A device called a coil may be placed or wrapped around the area being scanned.  You will then be positioned under the magnet.  You will hear a tapping noise as the MRI scans are taken.  Headphones or ear plugs will be provided to reduce the noise.  It is very important to hold completely still while the scan is being performed.  At all times, the technologist will be able to see you and communicate with you on a two-way intercom.  Most procedures take from twenty to thirty minutes, depending on what is being scanned. 


     For some exams, contrast will be injected into a vein in your arm during the procedure to enhance the images.  


     The technologist will show your images to the radiologist, and additional images will be obtained if needed.


What will happen following my MRI exam?


     After your MRI exam, you may resume to your normal activities, diet, and medications unless instructed otherwise by the technologist or your doctor.  Any contrast given for your exam will be eliminated in a day or two, and it is important to drink a lot of water following your exam if you have had contrast.  Your exam will be reviewed and reported on by a radiologist, and the results will be sent to your doctor.


What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?


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