Axxess Imaging has access to the top technologies available in Ontario hospitals today providing medical diagnostic imaging and radiological reports with one week or less.
MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
AXXESS to an MRI to be scheduled within 2 to 3 business days with a referral from an Ontario medical doctor.
A radiologist diagnostic report will be sent to the referring doctor and the third-party payer within 24 to 48 business hours. A CD copy of the MRI images will be available for pick up prior to leaving the hospital following the scan. Axxess Imaging does not accept OHIP referrals. Only MRIs of a non-emergent/non-life-threatening can be ordered under the third-party guidelines. MRIs can be performed at either the new Humber River Hospital or St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto or Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham.
MRI uses the science of magnets and radio waves to digitally create it’s images. Today we utilize MRI’s that have the field strength of 1.5 Tesla or 3 Tesla. Based on the area that is to be scanned and the clinical information that is provided by the referring doctor, the radiologist will apply the protocol and which magnet is best to acquire the images. Sometimes in this field bigger/stronger is not always better. The science of MRI acquires it images by reading the fat and water of the body which we are 98 percent made of. A MRI radiologist goes sometimes 10 years post MD to learn how to read shades of grey of the MRI images. They are trained to know what is a normal shade of grey and what is not. The MRI is also unique because it reads on three plains, sagittal, axial and coronal which in essence is a three dimensional view of the area being scanned. We can find that preverbal “needle in the haystack” which modalities such as ultrasound, x-Ray, and CT have not been able to see thus making MRI the most popular and the most in demand diagnostic testing modality. Wondering what's the difference between MRI and CT Scans?
CT - Computed Tomography
AXXESS to a CT can be scheduled within one week with a referral from an Ontario medical doctor.
A radiologist’s diagnostic report will be sent to the referring doctor and a third-party within 24 to 48 business hours. A CD copy of the CT images will be available for pick up prior to leaving the hospital following the scan. Axxess Imaging does not accept OHIP referrals. Only CT's of a non-emergent/non-life-threatening matter can be ordered under the third-party guidelines. CT's are performed at either the new Humber River Hospital or St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
CT is a diagnostic modality that is radiation based like that of an x-ray. It is, however, more complex in terms of how it acquires its imaging. CT's technology looks for density changes of tissue. When there are density changes CT's bounce back images to show pathology. Unfortunately, sometimes unhealthy tissue is the same as healthy tissue that surrounds the area being scanned and no image is collected to show pathology. CT's are a common modality used in working up a patient that is presenting with symptoms. The time in scanning an individual takes minutes and so access is more timely than that of MRI’s. Also, doctors typically like to use CT for “fishing expeditions” that can look at large areas, like the abdomen, to hopefully find areas of concern. Since MRI's are the “gold standard” for looking at Musculoskeletal and Neurological based pathologies most of our referrals are for MRI’s and we have few requests for CT’s. Wondering what's the difference between MRI and CT Scans?
CTA - Computed Tomography Angiography
AXXESS to a CTA can be scheduled within one week with a referral from an Ontario medical doctor.
A radiologist diagnostic report will be faxed to the referring doctor as well as the client within 24 to 48 business hours. A CD copy of your images will be processed and mailed to you within one week. Alternatively arrangements can be made for pick up. Referrals must be completed and include a EKG that has been performed within the last six months. Anyone over the age of 70 or anyone that has kidney function issues must have a creatinine level test done and provided. A CTA referral package is available upon request.
Unfortunately, sometimes the first signs of a heart problem is sudden-death. Computed Tomography Angiography is this decades most advanced look at the coronary arteries that images the heart in one second, diagnosing if there is any vessel disease. For eight years I have had the privilege of working alongside the Chief of Cardio/ Thoracic Imaging at the University Health Network (UHN). We have been fortunate to work on a 320 slice CT machine that is able to acquire brilliant images in one second taking a total image of the heart along with reducing the amount of radiation required to acquire images. This very unique imaging modality is able to capture the value of the interior and exterior of the vessel. We are able to see both calcified and fatty plague in extreme detail, offering diagnostics and the potential level of occlusion that may exist in the vessel. This sometimes dangerous occlusion exists without presenting any symptoms and yet it's existence potentially threatens ones life unbeknownst to the individual. Both men and women over the age of 40 are able to have this test if they do carry one of the risk factors which are as follows: blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, smoker or stress.