Welcome to American Health Imaging West Cobb
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 0.7 miles from OrthoAtlanta, and the ability to book same-day, evening, and weekend appointments, 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 noninvasive, painless medical test. MRI combines magnetic technology with radio waves and a computer to generate clear, exceptionally detailed “pictures” of the area of interest, without using radiation. MRI is often used to evaluate organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.
An MRA, or magnetic resonance angiography, is simply an MRI that focuses specifically on your arteries.
What to Expect During Your MRI
The MRI exam usually takes 30-60 minutes. Your technologist will run the exam from a control area and will be able to see, hear, and speak with you during your entire exam. While you lie comfortably on a cushioned table, a donut-shaped magnetic device called, a “coil” encircles you. The table moves back and forth slowly through the magnet. While the procedure produces no bodily sensation, you may hear a thumping sound or various acoustic noise. You will be provided hearing protection for this reason. For more information, please visit RadiologyInfo.org
Computer tomography (CT or CAT scan) uses special X-ray equipment to obtain detailed, cross-sectional pictures of organs, bones, and other tissues. CT scans can be very helpful in diagnosing injuries or fractures, identifying diseases in the earliest stages, or skeletal and neurological imaging. CT imaging technology enables excellent quality images, while using innovative technology to automate radiation dose according to patient size, weight, and anatomy for minimal required dose.
What to Expect
The exam usually takes 15-30 minutes. Your technologist will run the exam from a control area and will be able to see, hear, and speak with you during your entire exam. You’ll be asked to lie comfortably on a cushioned table, either on your back or stomach, and remain still. The table moves back and forth through the center of a donut-shaped X-ray machine. CT machines typically make a soft whirring noise.
What to Expect – CT with Contrast
A special dye called a contrast is needed for some CT scans, to help highlight the areas of your body being examined. Contrast is a medication that you drink that will help the scanner see details in your body. It can also be injected into a vein on your hand or arm. With the contrast, cancer or infection would highlight in the scan. The possibilities of having an allergic reaction is slim. If there is any type of reaction it is usually very mild and would be treated while you are in the center.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves or echoes, instead of radiation, to create images of the inside of the body. The image produced is called a sonogram. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate fetal development, and they can detect problems in the liver, heart, kidney, or abdomen. They may also assist in performing certain types of biopsy.
What to Expect
Ultrasound exams usually take 15-45 minutes. Preparation depends on which area of the body that needs evaluation, but is typically very simple. There are no needles or pain associated with ultrasound. The sonographer usually holds a transducer, a hand-held device, like a wand, which is gently placed on your skin.
An arthrogram is used to find the cause of ongoing, unexplained joint pain, swelling, or abnormal movement of your joint. An arthrogram uses X-ray “movies” to obtain a series of pictures after a contrast material has been injected into the joint. This allows your doctor to see the soft tissue structures of your joint, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and your joint capsule.
What to Expect
An arthrogram usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. You will sit or lie down with your joint under an X-ray viewer (fluoroscope).A local anesthetic is applied and a needle is put into your joint area. The joint may be injected with both dye and air (double-contrast arthrogram). You may feel tingling, pressure, pain, or fullness in your joint as the dye is put in.
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.