P&S Surgical Hospital Imaging, located at 2008-A, Louisville Avenue, utilizes the latest in diagnostic imaging. The imaging center is staffed by a Critical Care Registered Nurse who is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and professional radiologic technologists who are nationally certified in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT). Both the MRI and the CT, which provide precise views of the body, are great alternatives to invasive procedures, such as surgery. To provide fast and accurate MRI and CT results, the imaging center contracts with Radiology Associates of Monroe. The imaging center offers an on-site lab that reads scans involving contrast, or x-ray dye. Most insurance programs including Medicare, Medicare HMOs and Medicaid, are accepted. The imaging center is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please call 318-398-2969 for more information.

Common questions about MRI

May I bring a guest to the MRI exam?

Yes, but the visitor will be required to wait outside the exam room.

What happens during the MRI exam?

During the exam, which is completely painless and harmless, the patient will lie very still on a special table that moves into the MRI machine during the exam. While the exam is in progress, the patient will hear a series of noises. Depending on the area of the body being examined, the patient may be injected with a solution called a “contrast agent” that allows the radiologist to view the image more clearly. MRI contrast agents typically have few or no side effects.

How long does the MRI exam take?

The exam takes approximately 30 minutes.

How will I feel after the exam?

The patient will feel normal and able to resume normal activities.

Common questions about CT

Are there any restrictions with the exam?

Yes, the patient may need to be alone in the room for a brief amount of time. The technologist will observe the patient through a glass window during the exam.

How long does the CT exam last?

Usually it takes no longer than 15-30 minutes.

How will I feel after the exam?

The patient should feel normal and be able to resume normal activities.