Prepare for your visit


PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT

Preparing For Your Visit

At Universal Imaging Center, we strive to ensure that every patient receives the appropriate level of service. Our caring staff members will work with you to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Planning
Imaging (SCAN)
Diagnose
Report

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye, or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.

If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam. Please be sure to discuss with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.
Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for spine and musculoskeletal MRI exams.

Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for spine and musculoskeletal MRI exams.

Please notify the technologist of any prior surgeries or injuries where metal may be inside the body.
The exam takes about an hour, during which time you will need to lie still on a comfortable padded table.

We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.

During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking, and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment. For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during your exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.

Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown during your exam. Female patients may also wear a sports bra.

Leave jewelry, hair pins, and any metallic objects at home.
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues. Sometimes, a contrast agent is used in conjunction with an MRI study, to produce more clearly defined images.
Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body. In many cases MRA can provide information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. MRA can find problems with the blood vessels that may be causing reduced blood flow. With MRA, both the blood flow and the condition of the blood vessel walls can be seen. The test is often used to look at the blood vessels that go to the brain, kidneys, and legs.
Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram uses MRI after a contrast material (such as dye, water, air, or a combination of these) has been injected into the joint. This allows your doctor to see the soft tissue structures of your joint, such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. An MR Arthrogram is used to find the cause of ongoing, unexplained joint pain, swelling, or abnormal movement of your joint. It may be done alone, before, or as part of other tests, such as MRI.
We understand that some people have reservations about having an MRI, but it can be a pleasant experience. With your comfort in mind, our High Field MRI unit provides more room in the magnet and less noise during the exam, so it is easier to remain motionless during your procedure.
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 714-282-8160 or reach us via email by clicking on Request an Appointment. We offer same-day appointments. The center accepts most health plans and also offers cash rates. Anaheim Hills Imaging Center’s MRI unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

ULTRASOUND

Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
For all exams, please wear comfortable clothing.
No food or drink 8 hours prior to your exam.
Preferably no food or drink after midnight the day prior to your procedure.
Drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to your exam.
Hold bladder full, NO VOIDING.
No food 8 hours prior to your exam.
Drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to your exam.
Hold bladder full, NO VOIDING.
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, obtains images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as real-time visual images. Radiation is not used in ultrasound imaging.

Ultrasound images are captured in real time, showing the structure and the function of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flow. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining the body’s internal organs.

Our ultrasound unit performs a wide range of exams including abdominal and obstetrical studies. Ultrasound may also be used to guide a breast biopsy procedure. The procedure is known as an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy procedure.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 714-282-8160 or reach us via email by clicking Request an Appointment. We offer same-day appointments. The center accepts most health plans and also offers cash rates.

X-RAY

Since there are no appointments required for X-ray examinations, prior to visiting our facility, please remember to bring your prescription from your physician, photo identification, and your insurance card. If you do not have your prescription and you were asked to come in for X-rays by your physician, please call our office to confirm that we have received it and that we have it on file.
Please wear comfortable clothing for your exam.
You may eat, drink, and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
An X-ray is a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, which can be focused into a beam. When X-rays strike a piece of photographic film or a screen, a picture is produced. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the X-rays and appear white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, appear in shades of gray, while X-rays that pass only through air, such as X-rays of the lungs or colon, appear black.

X-ray is Walk-In Only / No Appointments Needed

Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(closed between 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)

** Please note that our X-ray suite schedules other procedures on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you may be subject to a longer wait time.

For more information, please call 714-282-8160. Since X-ray is on a walk-in basis only, there is no need to schedule an appointment. The center accepts most health plans and also offers cash rates.