How Long Does It Take to Do a CT, MRI or Ultrasound Scan?

Americans’ lives are far busier today than they have ever been, but prevention and efficiency are still important. When your health is in question, it has never been more crucial to prioritize it… but not everyone has time to sit in a hospital or doctor’s office for hours on end. Luckily, MH Imaging offers medical testing in Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee that is fast enough to take care of over your lunch break. With same-day scheduling and imaging capabilities that allow for result readings on-site, this is the perfect place to go for quality, speed and affordable wellness screenings.

We offer a variety of diagnostic imaging tests including CT, MRI and ultrasound scans. These scans will vary in time depending on the area of the body being scanned and whether you need a contrast dye.

CT scans help with diagnosing serious injuries and can pinpoint the size and location of tumors. With the radiation involved in these scans, we try to perform them only with good reason. CT machines take several x-ray images that combine into a detailed cross-sectional image for us to examine. Since these scans use radiation rather than contrast dye, they only take about 5 – 15 minutes to perform. However, you will usually need to refrain from eating or drinking for a few hours before the test.

MRI scans show the differences between normal and abnormal tissues. They use powerful magnet fields and radio wave pulses to create cross-sectional images of the body. These may require a contrast dye that is given 30 minutes prior to the scan, so expect it to take about an hour, on average, from start to finish. Pacemakers or other metal/electronic devices may cause interference with the scan and can result in injury to patients due to the strong magnetic pull of the machine. Make sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before scheduling an appointment to ensure a safe visit.

Ultrasounds are perfect for expecting mothers since they do not use radiation. They are also beneficial for taking images of organs or blood vessels in your arm, legs and neck. These machines use high-frequency sound waves to produce echoes that are then transformed into images. You can expect an ultrasound to take about 45 minutes and you may need to be prepped.

MH Imaging is proud to have low dose CT scanners, open MRI machines and high-performing technology so patients receive safe and efficient medical testing. Contact us today to schedule your next affordable wellness exam.