What Patients Should Know
Welcome to the Patient Information section of IAC MRI online. The IAC provides the following information about MRI as a service to the general public. This section is designed to help prospective patients stay educated and informed about MRI and the importance of accredited facilities.
IAC Accreditation – The “Seal of Approval” Patients Can Count On
Private offices, clinics and departments within hospitals that are accredited by the IAC submit to a review of their daily operations. By participating in the accreditation process, these facilities demonstrate a commitment to the performance of quality MR imaging and strive to meet nationally recognized standards. During the accreditation process, applicant MRI facilities must submit documentation on every aspect of their daily operations. While completing the application, facilities are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality improvement programs. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with the IAC Standards. Once granted, IAC accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the facility must undergo a repeat evaluation.
Locate An IAC-Accredited MRI Facility
IAC offers an online tool to assist patients in locating an IAC accredited facility. When scheduling a procedure, patients are encouraged to research the accreditation status of the facility. Find An IAC-Accredited Facility»
How Else Can I Find Out If My MRI Facility Is Accredited?
Look for the official IAC Seal of Accreditation! Your facility may have the Seal of Accreditation (pictured top right) on display as an indicator you are receiving the highest level of care. Patients can also try searching for the official certificate (pictured bottom right) as an indicator that the facility is granted accreditation by IAC.
The official IAC certificate contains the Seal of Accreditation, facility name and address, testing areas which the facility is accredited and the date the accreditation is granted through.
Information for Patients
What is a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe diagnostic imaging procedure that combines a powerful magnet, radio frequency waves and computers to view the body without subjecting you to x-ray or potentially harmful ionizing radiation. MRI provides high quality contrast resolution (the ability to distinguish two separate but similar structures from each other) images of the soft tissue structures in the body. The “banging” noises associated with the exam are the magnetic gradient fields changing rapidly to produce cross-sectional pictures of the body from various angles. MRI has become instrumental in the diagnoses and treatment planning of a multitude of ailments ranging from cancer, sports related injuries, neurological and vascular disease processes. For certain medical conditions, MRI may provide better overall diagnostic quality images than other imaging studies.
Physicians who recommend that their patients get a MRI study must be knowledgeable about the examination and the patient’s medical/surgical history as there are electrical, mechanical and surgical devices that may be contraindicated presenting potential risks to the patient. The benefits of MRI technology when used appropriately can help diagnose and evaluate many disease processes, however, the quality of the MRI examination is dependent on knowledgeable staff that are ordering, performing and interpreting the MRI procedures.