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Advanced Diagnostics and Screenings

Keystone Physical Medicine Office in Boise, IdahoWe have taken every opportunity to make optimal health care easier at Keystone Physical Medicine. We have diagnostics tools to evaluate your condition. Additionally, Keystone Physical Medicine has partnered with Intermountain Imaging and Lab Corp for advanced diagnostics if needed.

Intermountain Medical Imaging: Intermountain Medical Imaging’s facilities are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR Accreditation is very important as are the methods IMI utilizes to ensure your safety. Contact us for information or any questions you might have about IMI or their Accreditation.

LabCorp: LabCorp provides leading-edge medical laboratory tests and services. They use a national network of primary clinical laboratories and specialty testing laboratories. Please contact us directly for more information regarding specific lab testing.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a means of “seeing” inside of the body. It allows doctors to find certain diseases or abnormal conditions. MRI does not rely on the type of radiation (i.e., ionizing radiation) used for an x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. The MRI examination is quite complex and requires specialized equipment. It uses a powerful, and constant magnetic field; rapidly changing local magnetic fields; radiofrequency energy; and dedicated equipment, including a powerful computer. These things combine to create very clear diagnostic of internal body structures.

The patient is placed within the MR system, or scanner, during the MRI exam. A tiny fraction of protons in the body’s tissues are aligned by a powerful, and constant magnetic field. Radiofrequency energy is then applied, and causes protons to produce signals that are picked up by the scanner. These signals are then specially characterized using the rapidly changing, local magnetic field. Finally, images of the body are produced by computer processing the information.

What is MRI used for?

MRI is the preferred tool for diagnosis of a large number of potential problems. Due to the MRI’s ability to create pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Doctors use MRI to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart, and other body parts.

How safe is MRI?

Every year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures. MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken. In general, the MRI procedure produces no pain. It causes no known short-term or long-term tissue damage of any kind. The powerful magnetic field of the scanner can attract certain metallic objects to move suddenly and with great force towards the center of the MR system. This may pose a risk to the patient or anyone in the way of the object. Therefore, great care is taken to prevent ferromagnetic objects from entering the MR system room. It is vital that you remove metallic objects in advance of an MRI exam, including watches, jewelry, and items of clothing that have metallic threads or fasteners.

MRI facilities have screening procedures that, when carefully followed, will ensure that the presence of metallic implants and materials are known. In addition, special precautions can be taken to prevent damage to a person with these conditions. In some unusual cases the examination may be canceled because of concern related to a particular implant or device. For example, it may be cancelled due to the existence of a ferromagnetic aneurysm clip. This is because of the risk of dislodging the clip. Also, the magnetic field of the scanner can damage an external hearing aid or cause a heart pacemaker to malfunction. Furthermore, if you have a bullet or other metallic fragment in your body there is a considerable risk of a the metal repositioning. This may cause further injury.

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