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Imaging & Diagnostics

MRI Tips to Keep You Calm During Your Next Scan

Posted in Imaging & Diagnostics on Thursday, 04 May 2017

Getting an MRI can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many patients. It can cause feelings of claustrophobia even in those who have never been claustrophobic. Some patients might even stress themselves out wondering what happens during an MRI.

During an MRI, a patient might have a lot on his or her mind, making it hard to relax and keep a clear mind during the procedure. Whether this is your first MRI scan or you’ve experienced one before, here are a few tips to help you stay relaxed and still during the procedure.  

Tags MRI and Osteoarthritis, mri, magnetic resonance imaging, mri machines, Chicago mri, Illinois mri, IBJI MRI

What to Expect During Your MRI Scan

Posted in Imaging & Diagnostics on Thursday, 16 March 2017

If you have never had an MRI scan, it’s normal for you to be a bit nervous before the procedure. But there is no reason to be nervous! An MRI scan is a painless and completely safe procedure that can help diagnose your condition or injury. Learn more about the procedure and what it entails below!

Tags MRI and Osteoarthritis, mri, mri machines, Illinois mri, IBJI MRI


Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Imaging & Diagnostics on Monday, 31 October 2016

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Smart Scan MRI of Gurnee, IL. The acquisition expands IBJI’s team of imaging specialists and its range of imaging capabilities. IBJI and Smart Scan MRI technologists and receptionists have joined forces at 350 Greenleaf in Gurnee, IL, effective September 1st.

Tags mri, imaging, orthopedic, Smartscan

From Jaws of Life to Miracle of Life

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Friday, 13 May 2016

Mandi Fier Shares Her Journey from a Near Death, Fatal Accident to Living and Loving Life Again

Mandi Fier was 23 years old when she and her fiancé were in a near fatal car accident. First responders on the scene used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate Mandi from the wreckage. She suffered severe multiple injuries and most critically, she broke her right hip and shattered her pelvis in four places.

Tags Hip Replacement, Pelvic Reconstruction, Pelvis, joint replacement, trauma, best trauma surgeon

How Do You Choose an MRI Provider?

Posted in What's New, Imaging & Diagnostics on Monday, 30 March 2015

With so many MRI providers to choose from, it is important to ask yourself, or the provider, the following questions before scheduling your scan:

  • Does the organization you are being referred to provide “low cost, high value” services? 
  • Does the site you are being referred to offer both a High-Field or a High-Field Open MRI system? 
  • Are you able to make an appointment on the same day or next? 
  • Are there early morning, late evening and Saturday appointments available? 
  • Is the site you are being referred to an accredited facility? 
  • Are your images easily accessible by your physician (through the web or on CD)? 
Tags IBJI MRI, Optimal Imaging

IBJI's Larry Jankowski Recognized with ISCD Dr. Paul Miller Service Award

Posted in What's New, In the News, Imaging & Diagnostics, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 19 January 2015


Larry Jankowski

IBJI's Chief DXA Technologist, Larry Jankowski is the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Paul Miller Service Award from the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). As part of the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute team for 16 years, Jankowski also served as treasurer of the ISCD for two years from 2009-2011.

Each year at the ISCD’s Annual Meeting, ISCD members are recognized for their distinguished service and dedication to the organization.

ISCD is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the assessment of skeletal health by:

  • Promoting education and a broader understanding of the clinical applications of bone mass measurement and other skeletal health assessment technologies.
  • Assuring proficiency and quality in the assessment of skeletal health through certification and accreditation.
  • Supporting clinical and scientific advances in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
  • Promote appropriate patient access to bone mass measurement and other skeletal health assessment technologies.

To learn more, visit


Tags Larry Jankowski, Dr. Paul Miller Service Award, ISCD, DXA

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Debuts New Technology That Significantly Improves Patient Experience

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics, Chicago Division on Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Vantage Titan from Toshiba

New Magnetic Resonance System is Faster, Quieter and Delivers Higher Quality Results

Chicago, IL (June 10, 2014)–Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) has introduced the latest in magnetic resonance (MR) technology by installing the Vantage Titan from Toshiba*. This innovative system, which has just been made available at IBJI’s new Chicago facility in Logan Square, is a major improvement over traditional MR systems for patients requiring this type of sophisticated imaging. Notably, the Toshiba Vantage Titan offers:

  • Significant reductions in noise and vibration during the scanning process; noise has been identified as the most significant cause of patient discomfort during MR exams
  • A larger bore size, which gives patients a greater feeling of openness while inside the scanner

Physicians and imaging specialists using the new system report that patients are much more comfortable and are better able to keep still during imaging. This can dramatically improve the quality of the data that is obtained. Michelle Flaherty, Administrator at IBJI-Chicago, agrees: “The Vantage Titan is a dramatic step forward from traditional systems. It offers the widest bore available and is much quieter. This creates a faster and better scan experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia.” The larger bore size also increases the range of patient body types that can be imaged with MR and eliminates the need to sedate patients with anxiety.

The Vantage Titan technology is an important addition at IBJI-Chicago, which is the first orthopaedic specialty group in the Chicago area to offer the new platform to its patients. Its innovative noise reduction solution, known as Pianissimo™, lowers noise levels by as much as 90 percent during an exam compared to other systems. IBJI-Chicago offers a full range of on-site orthopaedic specialty care including immediate injury care, optimal imaging using x-ray and MR technologies, physical and occupational therapies, rehabilitation and workers' compensation services.


Tags mri, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute , Magnetic Resonance System, Vantage Titan, Pianissimo, Toshiba Medical Systems

Bone Density Scan

Posted in Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics on Wednesday, 07 August 2013

A bone density scan or Duax X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is a diagnostic test that measures bone mineral density by measuring how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The test produces two X-ray beams, and the amount of X-ray that passes through the bone is measured.  The test will help your physician detect osteoporosis and risk of bone fractures.

All women and men over the age of 65 should get a bone density test, but there are several other groups that are recommended to get the examination as well, including:

  • Men ages 50-69 with risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Women whose decision to use medication might be aided by bone density testing.
  • Postmenopausal women with fractures; this is not mandatory because treatment may be started regardless of bone density.
  • All postmenopausal women under age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis.

These recommendations are from the National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines.

Why Bone Density Tests

In the past, there was no way to determine if you had osteoporosis  until a fractured occurred, now with a bone density test, physicians are able to check your bone density levels and determine if you have high, low or osteoporosis density levels. A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis and if the test is done at the correct time, your physician can take the proper preventive measures to help you avoid osteoporosis and the weakening of your bones.

How To Get A Bone Density Test?

Most people will need a referral from their physician to get a bone density test.  If you fall within one of the groups of people that are at risk of developing osteoporosis, and you would like to get a bone density scanning, contact an IBJI physician nearest you and make an appointment.  If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis and are taking medication, your physician will likely recommend you take a bone density test every one to two years.

 What Should I Do Now?

Bone Density scans are the only way to diagnose osteoporosis and due to the nature of the disease it’s best you take preventive measures against osteoporosis by working with your physician to monitor your bone density levels.  It’s an easy way to avoid what can be a painful and unnecessary disease. Contact an IBJI physician to make an appointment for your bone density scan today.

Open MRI in Chicago – Comfortable & High Quality

Posted in Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics on Thursday, 06 June 2013

Many people don’t like the traditional high-field MRI machines because they are very noisy and require you to be in an enclosed, cylinder-like space. If you’re claustrophobic or get too uncomfortable and fidget in the MRI machine, it could be problematic and the technician may not be able to get the images needed. The tight space and the noise don’t provide the most pleasurable experience for patients but there are other options.

If you don’t like being in an enclosed space but need to get an MRI, what do you do?

Open MRI provides Chicago residents with a much more pleasant diagnostic experience.An open MRI is a great alternative to the traditional “tube” or “tunnel” MRI machines.An open MRI is indeed “open” on all four sides and is not enclosed like traditional machines.These are great for physical comfort and emotional comfort as well.In an open MRI you will be able to see around you and if necessary, can have a family member close by for support. These “open” machines not only benefit people who don’t like to be closed-in but also people with larger body types and structures.Open MRI’s easily accommodate many different body sizes and is much more comfortable for almost all patients.

Another discomfort or disadvantage of traditional MRI’s is the noise. Although ear plugs are given - for some, the noise is just too much to tolerate. (If you haven’t been in an MRI machine before, it can sound like an airplane preparing for take-off.) However open MRI machines are much quieter and make for a much more enjoyable experience and you won’t feel like you’ve just landed when you get out of the machine.

So why doesn’t everyone get an Open MRI?

Not all diagnostic imaging centers offer or have open MRI machines. Additionally, one of thenegatives to an open MRI is a machine scanner is less powerful than “tube” MRI machines. Even though they take high quality pictures - they are not as  good as high-field machines.However, some MRI diagnostic centers have newer high-field open MRI’s which is the best of both worlds. You’ll get the highest quality image and the comfort that only an open MRI can provide.

Where to get an open MRI in Chicago?

If you are in the Chicago area and prefer an open MRI, the Illinois Bone & Joint institute has state-of-the art MRI machines throughout the Chicagoland area and recently has upgraded to open high-field MRI machines. The new machines offer even quieter scanning and are more comfortable for patients.Find an Open MRI location nearest you or contact an office with any questions.

5 Things You should know Before You Get An MRI

Posted in Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics on Tuesday, 04 December 2012

IBJI has the best technology including the Oasis Open MRI.Your orthopedic physician may have recommended you get an MRI and now you’re doing your due diligence and researching what you should know before the MRI.  Many people  have heard some bad stories about getting MRI’s or just fear the idea of lying on a table and sliding inside a “big box”. In spite of the stories, MRI’s are not that scary and they’ll help your doctor diagnose your injury better.  There are some common concerns people have before getting an MRI and in this article will address 5 things you should know before you get an MRI.

It’s safe – MRI’s are safe, there are some common risk associated with magnetic fields and radio waves. If safety is truly a concern for you, please discuss with your physician. Before your MRI you will be asked to complete a safety screen and it’s important that you answer those questions openly and honestly.

Don’t move – It’s important that you lay still in the machine, so the MRI technician can get the pictures needed. Moving can decrease the quality of the photos or make the photo unreadable. So stay as focused as possible and try not to let your mind wonder as it will be very easy to move around.

Tags mri, magnetic resonance imaging

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