Welcome to American Health Imaging Birmingham
Quality Care, Tailored to Your Needs
When you’re concerned about your health, every detail matters – and every day counts. At American Health Imaging, our promise to you is to deliver clear, accurate, and reliable results on a schedule that meets your needs and time constraints. With facilities conveniently located on the corner of 4th Ave South and Richard Arrington Blvd South, we are close to both UAB and St. Vincent’s. The ability to book same-day, evening, and weekend appointments means you and your doctor will soon have the information you need to make key decisions about your healthcare.
A Safe, Comfortable Patient Experience
We invest in the latest imaging equipment because we put your comfort, safety and goals first. This advanced technology also means we can provide your doctor with clearer images, faster, allowing for sooner diagnosis and treatment.
Our highly trained radiologists, technologists and patient care coordinators will walk you through your entire imaging appointment. We are also currently taking extra steps to ensure your safety and comfort:
- You will check in on your phone from your car when you arrive for your appointment. A patient care coordinator will bring any necessary paperwork out to you.
- Our staff wears gloves and masks at all times. We will also use disinfectant wipes to open doors for and hand things to you, including any paperwork and insurance cards.
- All of our facilities are spacious enough to adhere to social distancing standards.
- The patient care coordinator will bring you inside when it is time for your appointment. A sanitized changing area, where you can store your items in a locker and change, if necessary, will be available to you.
Affordable, Accessible, and Worry-Free
Finally, given the financial concerns that often accompany health complications, we pledge to make your imaging as affordable as possible. Our exams cost up to 75% less than equivalent tests at hospitals, we accept most insurance plans, and we offer competitive self-pay rates.
At American Health Imaging, we know you have a choice in imaging providers. We hope to see you soon.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, pain-free imaging technique that combines magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of your body’s structures. While x-rays are typically used to view bones and joints, MRI is perfectly suited for organs, muscles and other soft tissues.
What to Expect During Your MRI
Typically lasting 30 to 60 minutes, MRI exams require very little preparation. Your technologist will simply ask you to remove jewelry, belts and other metal objects, and they will help you lie comfortably on a cushioned table. That table will then slide into the circular MRI machine, where you’ll remain for the duration of the exam. As the technologist collects images, they’ll be able to see, hear and speak to you, alleviating any concerns you may have.
An arthrogram is a series of pictures that offers physicians a more detailed view than a single image. Typically used to examine shoulders, knees and other complex joints, arthrograms may be created from multiple x-rays, MRI images or CT images. Ultimately, this series of images helps doctors to find defects not only in bones, but in other joint structures such as tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage.
What to Expect During Your Arthrogram Exam
Most arthrograms require the use of an injectable contrast fluid, which helps to highlight a variety of joint structures. Injections may cause a slight burning sensation, but your technologist will use local anesthesia and a thin needle to minimize pain and soreness.
We have printable patient medical forms available below for your convenience. Feel free to fill them out on your computer and bring them with you when you come for your appointment. This will facilitate your time and get you back to your day as quickly as possible.