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Memorial MRI & Diagnostic has led the way in providing comprehensive diagnostic imaging and treatment services using advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment. The physicians, management, technologists, and support staff who make up this premier practice are here to facilitate the imaging needs of physicians and healthcare providers in every way we can, and to ensure that every patient receives the highest degree of care and compassion.
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THE LEADER IN DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING
AND TREATMENT SERVICES
No More Partial View of Your Patient's Spine!
Get The Real View.
The view in which
your patient experiences the problem
Sitting • Standing • Bending • Lying Down
“My back really hurts when I stand in line at the grocery store or bend over to load the dishwasher.” or “My neck pain is awful and my arm starts to feel funny when I sit and stare at the computer screen.”
As pain or discomfort is typically brought on by everyday activities, it only makes sense that a medical test could actually show what is happening inside your body while you are really in these specific positions.
With FONAR’s UPRIGHT® MRI, these positions can be replicated, which can in turn lead to a more accurate diagnosis.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your Upright® MRI Marketing Representative:
Dustin Sedatole 469.525.1252 Paul Giarratano 972.358.5445 Zack Burdick 972.898.6603
How To Schedule Patients
Just fax your patient’s demographics and insurance information, and our staff will do the rest!
Up & Open Imaging will provide the following:
We accept all PPO and POS plans, Worker’s Compensation, Letters of Protection (LOPs), and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cases. When possible, HMO plans with whom we are not contracted may be accepted pending precertification.
Through the use of advanced medical technology, Up & Open Imaging provides esteemed radiologists within the Metroplex with immediate digital access to patient images allowing for rapid turnaround times. Reports will be available within 24 hours. STAT reads are available upon physician request.
Dr. Kendall Jones, M.D.
Neuroradiology / Musculoskeletal
Dr. Kendall Jones, M.D.- Medical Director Kendall M. Jones, M.D. graduated from Stanford University with honors in Biology and honors in the Humanities before receiving an M.D. from George Washington University Medical School. Following a one-year internship in straight internal medicine, Dr. Jones completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Arizona, where he also completed a one-year fellowship in neuroradiology. Dr. Jones completed additional neuroradiology training at Harvard Medical School where he was promoted to a faculty teaching appointment. Following Harvard, Dr. Jones came to Dallas where he has practiced neuroradiology for the past 18 years. Dr. Jones has 19 publications and book chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He is board-certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology, and is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology.
Dr. Robert Longenecker
Dr. Robert Longenecker graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland College of Chiropractic Kansas City, Missouri, in 1982 where he also completed his residency in diagnostic radiology. He completed visiting fellowships in CT and MRI of the musculoskeletal system and spine at ProScan MRI Education Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Carol Stream Imaging in Chicago, Illinois. Past positions include Chairman, Department of Radiology, Parker College of Chiropractic; Chairman of Radiology, Texas Chiropractic Association; advisory position with the Medical Radiological Technologists, Texas Department of Health’ past President of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology. Dr. Longenecker is a contributing author of “Essentials of Skeletal Radiology”.
Portals & Forms
If you are a patient looking for information related to a recent or upcoming visit, please use the form below for the quickest response, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Please fill out the form completely and provide as much detail as possible so we can best assist you.
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Make Check-In Easy
In order to speed up the check-in process and avoid excessive wait times, please print all forms and bring with you to your appointment.
If you have any questions, feel free to call at anytime.
‣ Patient Information Sheet
‣ MRI Procedure Screening Form for Patients
‣ MRI Screening Questionnaire
‣ Consent Form
‣ Patient Medication Waiver
‣ Authorization for Release of Patient Information
‣ Movie List
‣ Notice of Privacy Practices
What To Expect
We are so glad that you have chosen Up & Open Imaging for your MRI needs. Our patients are our first priority, and your comfort and satisfaction is very important to us. We realize that medical tests of any kind can be very scary and intimidating, so knowing exactly what to expect in advance can go a long way in putting you at ease.
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for your MRI test. Please eat normally and take you medications as directed by your physician.
When you arrive at Up & Open Imaging, you will be greeted by one of our friendly front desk associates. Amy or Diana will present you with medical paperwork that is necessary for your procedure. At this time you will also choose a movie or a television program that you would like to watch during your MRI. Once you have completed this paperwork, your insurance card and personal identification card will be photo-copied for your record. Our office personnel will then take a moment to set up your medical chart. This only takes a few minutes, but gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of water in our waiting room.
Once your chart is prepared, Amy or Diana will show you to a dressing room where you will be asked to change into a provided set of scrubs or gown. This room will be locked while you are being scanned offering a secure location to keep your personal belongings. When you are changed and ready, you will have a seat in our private back waiting room.
Our technologist will meet you in this room and will briefly review your medical history as it relates to your MRI visit. At this point, you will be taken into the MRI room. The technologist will position you in the machine in accordance with the test that your doctor has ordered. The tech will then return to her control room which is just outside of the magnet. A large window just below the 42 inch television that you will be watching allows you and the tech to be in constant view of one another during the test. An intercom system provides communication between the two of you as well. Additionally you will be provided with a button that can be pushed anytime to indicate a need. The most important assignment for you during the test is to remain as still as possible. We know that this can be difficult as many patients are in pain, but our technologists will reassure you throughout the scan. An MRI scan can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour or more depending on the body part in question.
Once your test is complete,
you are ready to go!
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI scanner is a physician’s best option to look inside the body without using surgery, harmful radiation or dyes, or X-rays. With MRI, images of the human anatomy are produced using magnets, radio waves and computers. This type of imaging provides a close look at soft tissue anatomy far better than any other diagnostic imaging equipment.
Fonar Corporation manufactures the Upright® MRI scanner used in our facility. Fonar’s founder Raymond V. Damadian, M.D. made the fundamental discovery upon which MRI is based in 1971. Since then, Dr. Damadian has been hugely instrumental in the advancement of MRI technology as a whole.
While an MRI is an extremely useful tool to physicians in the diagnostic process, not everyone is an appropriate candidate for this type of test. The MRI is operated using high powered magnets and these magnets can cause problems with some implanted medical devices. For this reason, cardiac pacemakers are NEVER allowed in our machine. Several other devices could present complications in an MRI scanner, and should be thoroughly scrutinized prior to testing. These potentially problematic devices include, but are not limited to, aneurysm clips, neuro-stimulators, heart valve implants, drug infusion device or pump, ear implants, hearing aids, metal objects in eyes, bone or joint replacements, metal plates, rods, pins or screws, contraceptive diaphragms or coils, permanent dentures, penile implants, shrapnel, vascular coils and filters.
If any item on this list applies to a referred patient, we must check with the surgeon who installed the device to be sure the manufacturer has tested it and found it to be MRI safe for our machine. It is important that a patient make the technologist and staff at our facility aware of any possible metal in his or her body. In most cases you will be able to have the scan, but please leave that decision to the professionals. It is also imperative to notify our staff if you are or could possibly be pregnant, as MRI is not recommended during certain phases of pregnancy. Please Note: Anyone accompanying the patient to any area near the MRI scanner is subject to the same dangers and will be required to complete necessary paperwork.
Once you and our staff have determined that an MRI is safe for you (see previous question), preparing for an MRI exam is easy. There are no food or drink restrictions. You should take medications as usual unless otherwise directed by your doctor. No metallic objects are allowed in the MRI scanner. This includes jewelry, keys, watches, cell phones, coins, eyeglasses, removable hearing aids, dentures, prosthetic devices and even credit cards since they are magnetically coded.
At our facility we provide a secure changing room where your personal items can be kept while you are being scanned. You will be given the key to this room, and that key will remain in your sight throughout the test.
No! The MRI does not hurt at all. Our Upright machine is non-claustrophobic and much quieter and more comfortable than other MRI scanners. You can just sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie, a TV show, or soothing music throughout the duration of your scan.
Our scanner is Upright and Open! We have no tunnels and no tubes. We specialize in comfortable and non-claustrophobic scans. Many of our patients tell us that they couldn’t possibly lie in the traditional “tunnel MRI”, but they easily complete their testing here with us. Watching television or a movie during your scan helps pass the time as well.
To the left is a list of questions to prepare you for your exam and make your MRI experience more pleasant.
We work with most commercial insurance plans, Workers’ Compensation cases, Medicare, auto accident cases, and attorney letters of protection (LOPs). Either you or your referring physician can provide us with the appropriate insurance coverage information. Prior to your appointment, our staff will determine your coverage benefits for MRI and will let you know what amount, if any, you may owe.
Yes. A doctor’s order is legally required to perform an MRI. Your referring physician can fax or email your order to our office. While any signed order is acceptable, our customized MRI order form can be downloaded from this website.
Please bring the following to you appointment:
This is nothing to worry about as we provide a set of scrubs or a gown for each patient. Since most items of clothing will have zippers, snaps, hooks, etc., we find it easier and safer for our patients to simply change into our provided items. As mentioned earlier, all jewelry must be removed including body jewelry.
Other metallic objects such as hair clips, hair weaves or wigs should also be removed and left in the changing room. Notify the technologist if you have any facial tattoos, such as eyeliner or eyebrow tattoos.
Yes, as still as possible. This is the biggest requirement of the patient. Just like with a camera, movement causes blurring of the pictures. Remaining as still as you can assures a clear and diagnostic image, and also lessens the duration of your scan.
That depends on which body part your physician has ordered us to scan. Most scans take between 25 and 45 minutes, but some can be as long as one hour or more.
In certain situations, your doctor may order an MRI that requires an injection of a contrast agent. This agent, called gadolinium, can make certain areas easier to visualize making diagnoses more precise. The decision to administer this agent is made by your referring doctor. The gadolinium is injected intravenously by a qualified healthcare professional in our facility. Side effects are rare (less than 1%).
If you do require such an injection, you will be made fully aware of possible side effects prior to the procedure. While side effects of any kind have an extremely low incidence, our office follows a rigorous and thorough protocol to ensure your safety.
Should your doctor order gadolinium with your scan, you will be asked a series of questions and may be required to have a blood test prior to the scan. Once the blood results are received and all necessary levels are within limits, we can perform the test.
The MRI has no known physiological side effects, and the test alone should not affect your ability to drive. However, if you take any medication prior to your scan that may impair your judgement, we do require that you bring someone to drive you home.
Please note, the paperwork you receive at our office will include a waiver indicating whether such a medication has been taken by the patient.
The results of your MRI examination will be received in our office and faxed or emailed to your referring doctor within 24 hours of your scan. In time-sensitive situations when a doctor requires a quicker turnaround, we will certainly accommodate. Your doctor will explain your results to you. Our technologists are not trained to interpret MRI examinations, nor are they allowed to discuss any aspect of the results with you, so please don’t ask them for their opinions.
Question #1: What is MRI and how does it work?
Question #2: Can anybody have an MRI scan?
Question #3: What do I have to do to prepare myself for an
Question #4: Does it hurt? Will I feel anything?
Question #5: I’ve heard that some MRI scanners induce
..................... claustrophobic reactions. Does yours?
Question #6: Will my insurance cover the cost of the MRI?
Question #7: Do I need a doctor’s prescription for an MRI?
Question #8: What should I bring with me when I come for
Question #9: How should I dress? Will I have to wear any
Question #10: Do I have to remain very still?
Question #11: How long will it take?
Question #12: Will I be getting an injection?
Question #13: Will I be able to drive after I have the exam?
Question #14: When will I find out the results?
What To Expect
UPRIGHT® MRI for Patients
UPRIGHT® MRI for Providers
The Fonar Upright® Machine
Contact Up & Open Imaging
At Up & Open Imaging,
our goal is to keep our patients comfortable and happy
throughout their visit.
In achieving this task, we feel it is important to have a team that is compassionate, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Our staff has been carefully selected to exceed any and all credentials in their specific area, and the majority have been with our company since we opened our doors in 2003. With years of experience, our team is qualified to answer pertinent questions while their warm and caring approach puts patients at ease throughout their visit.
We feel so fortunate to have such an incredible work family, and as always, we will extend our consideration to each and every one of our patients.
"Very sweet people! Clean, nice place."
:: Mattie O.
"They work around my schedule and are prompt with the results. As far as we are concerned, we would not go to any other imaging facility."
:: Shirley S.
"She (the tech) is a very entertaining and caring person."
:: Dwight J.
"They are so patient and careful with my mom, what more could a daughter ask for?"
:: Michelle F.
"The staff puts the patient and family as ease.
They go above and beyond."
:: Cindy S.
"I tell anyone who asks that Up and Open is always my choice."
:: Robert W.
About Up & Open Imaging
FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ Weight-Bearing Technology Offers Extraordinary Patient Comfort and Diagnostic Advantages.
The unique physical configuration of the UPRIGHT® MRI makes it the world’s most patient-friendly MRI and also the only MRI that can scan patients in any position, allowing it to detect problems that would be underestimated or completely missed by any other type of MRI.
Make Check-In Easy!
The majority of paperwork required for your procedure can be printed ahead of time and completed prior to your appointment.
No other MRI can see your problem
in the position you experience it. Fonar images are indistinguishable from images made with conventional MRIs.
The Fonar Upright® Multi-Position MRI™
allows a dynamic MRI exam to be done in whatever position you experience your problem. Does positional imaging really make a difference?
How does the FONAR Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI
at Up & Open Imaging differ from traditional MRI scanners?
The FONAR Upright® MRI in the Dallas Metroplex
Since inception in 2003, Up & Open Imaging has performed over 32,000 exams, and has worked with upwards of 700 doctors in the metroplex and beyond. The capabilities of the FONAR Upright® MRI are being consistently examined within the medical community, and the acceptance of this “new” technology is growing widely. We are proud to be one of the only Upright® MRI units in the DFW area, and we are constantly working to keep our patients and referral sources 100% pleased with our service and images.
Machine Specifics from FONAR
When our business was conceived, it was done with the notion that the medical community needed the superior technology of the FONAR Upright® Multi-Postion™ MRI to better diagnose and treat patients. See why this machine is advantageous.
The machine is non-claustrophobic! There is no tube, and nothing goes in front of the patient’s face. It is completely “open” thus markedly reducing anxiety.
Patient comfort is a tremendous benefit of this machine. It is quieter than a traditional MRI scanner, and because of its unique design, patients can watch a movie, TV, or enjoy music during the scan.
The magnet has the ability to scan patients in weight-bearing positions allowing physicians to better detect problems so that solutions can be more readily found. By placing weight on the spine or other joints in question, images can more accurately depict what is happening when the body is in a normal posture rather than a “lying down” position where weight does not affect the area of concern.
The FONAR Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI has the capability to scan patients in symptom specific postures. By doing so, images are captured to identify the issue in a more exact stature which can lead to improved overall treatment and surgical outcomes should surgery be needed.
Certain patients are unable to lie down due to medical issues or concerns. Additionally, some patients are too large to comfortably fit in a traditional MRI scanner. The FONAR Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI is ideal for these patients and can accommodate up to 500 pounds.
The FONAR Upright® MRI Advantages
While the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI is great for claustrophobic or very large individuals, its advantages far exceed what is necessary to accommodate such patients. In addition to its patient-friendly design, this machine offers unique and unmatched capabilities in weight-bearing and Multi-Position™ MRI imaging.
“My back really hurts when I stand in line at the grocery store or bend over to load the dishwasher.” or “My neck pain is awful and my arm starts to feel funny when I sit and stare at the computer screen.” Does this sound familiar? As pain or discomfort is typically brought on by everyday activities, it only makes sense that a medical test could actually show what is happening inside your body while you are really in these specific positions. With FONAR’s UPRIGHT® MRI, these positions can be replicated, which can in turn lead to a more accurate diagnosis.
As the first and only MRI machine capable of scanning patients in weight-bearing and non-traditional positions, the UPRIGHT® MRI’s unmatched features make it truly state-of-the-art in the field of diagnostic imaging. The scanner’s one of kind magnet configuration places opposing magnetic poles on each side of the patient, facilitating the ability to scan in multiple positions including seated, standing, bending, flexion and extension, or recumbent. The generous space between the vertically oriented magnets enables our machine to scan patients of most statures.
Benefits for the Patient:
Case Studies & Downloads
‣ Unsuspected Disc Herniation on Extension
‣ Spondylolisthesis shown to require additional fusion segment once its degree of instability, not visible by recumbent-only MRI,
..was demonstrated by Fonar Upright MRI.
‣ Ice Hockey Player with Posttraumatic Transient Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI)
‣ Transient Quadriparesis with Drop Attack and Chronic Neck and Arm Pain
‣ Severe Kyphosis Rendering Recumbent Imaging Impossible
‣ Ligamentous Rupture Associated With Mobile Anterolisthesis
‣ Positional Generation of Clinical Symptoms
‣ Bladder and Uterine Prolapse
‣ Position-Related Recurrent Disc Hernation
‣ Evaluation of Spinal Stability
‣ Upright Dynamic MRI Reveals Hidden Disc Herniation
‣ Severe Spondylolisthesis Undetected by Recumbent MRI
‣ Upright Dynamic MRI Reveals Occult Disc Herniation
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Upright MRI Advantages