An affiliate of Carteret Health Care, Seashore Imaging is a partnership between the hospital and Eastern Radiologists of Greenville, NC. Since 2011, we’ve provided excellence in MRI services for Morehead City and beyond. Our registered technologists are skilled, compassionate, and specially trained in MRI, while the subspecialized physicians of Eastern Radiologists have the expertise necessary to provide accurate diagnoses and assist your referring physician in developing a treatment plan.
Eastern Radiologists has been the leader in imaging and intervention in eastern North Carolina for more than 60 years. With locations in Greenville, Washington and Kinston, their staff of 50 board-certified physicians, trained in a variety of subspecialties, provide expertise in all aspects of radiology in the outpatient setting as well as in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout the region.
Carteret Health Care
Located in Morehead City, North Carolina, Carteret Health Care is a not-for-profit 135-bed hospital that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Since 1967 they have been providing quality healthcare and excellent service with a commitment to improving the community’s health.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, multi-planar images of the body. Unlike radiographs and CT scans, MRI does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation. Some examinations benefit from administration of intravenous contrast. If you are on dialysis, please alert the staff so they can give you additional instructions.
General MRI uses
Common MRI exams focus on brain, blood vessels (MRA or MR Angiography), spine, bones, joints, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Also, thanks to a dedicated breast coil in our new Philips open wide-bore scanner, we offer breast MRI as well.
In most instances, MRI is not dangerous, and no major health risks are associated with the magnetic field or radio waves. Certain circumstances, however, may limit the use of a magnetic field. It is important to let us know if anything listed in the preparations section pertains to you or anyone accompanying you into the examination area.
Most major insurers will cover radiology exams, although some require prior authorization for particular procedures. Best practice is to check with your primary care providers or the specialists ordering diagnostic studies to determine if this step is required with your insurance plan. Prior authorizations, when not handled properly, may result in the rescheduling of some appointments. You may have to submit partial or full payment at time of service.
For patients who have a contraindication to MRI, we offer other imaging modalities such as CT and ultrasound that can still provide valuable information. CT Arthography is similar to MRI, except iodinated contrast is injected followed by a CT scan.
MRI is safe, painless and—for most people—entirely comfortable. Some patients may experience anxiety or claustrophobia. In such instances, medication such as Valium can be administered to reduce stress or uneasiness. Please talk with your doctor if you feel you need anti-anxiety medication.