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Is an Extremity MRI Right for Me?

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Extremity magnets have always filled a unique niche in the MRI market. Or, more accurately two niches, each a distinct need. We'll talk about both of them below. If either of these scenarios sounds like your practice, an extremity MRI is an option you may want to consider.

1. Ortho practices have used them to provide in-office MRI capability without the space and capital requirements of a full-size MRI.

If you are part of an orthopedics practice and have a solid understanding of Stark Laws, you may be an excellent candidate for an extremity magnet. The key is understanding the acceptable referral procedures, then choosing the right extremity magnet.

2. Busy MRI centers have used them as "overflow units".

Overflow has drawn a significant number of people to consider extremity MRIs in the past couple of years. Success in an MRI department is all a matter of throughput. More scans = more patients served = more reimbursements paid.

Every MRI business has a ceiling that limits the number of scans that can be done: the time ceiling! When the number of your potential patient scans will take longer than the amount of time available to you, you must re-evaluate the way you do things. You can, of course, increase your capacity by becoming more efficient, operating longer hours, or more days per week. However, many people are turning toward extremity MRIs to offload a significant number of scans from their primary MRI. Knees, elbows, ankles, wrists, feet and hands constitute a significant workload, and all can be scanned on an extremity MRI.

If you fit into one of these categories, extremity MRI scanners can be affordable, practical equipment investments for your facility. And if this doesn't sound like you, we're ready to help you learn about magnet types and select the MRI that's best for you. Contact us or check out our other MRI resources to get started.

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