Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What We Do
We provide MRI diagnostic support to patients based upon orders from authorized providers. We provide comprehensive MRI services.
We don't provide:
Who We Serve
- Active Duty
- TRICARE Prime
- TRICARE Plus
Call Us Immediately Following Order Placed by Provider
Orders originated from providers at the United States Air Force Academy will automatically go to the booking queue for our clinic. Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever patients may still receive an MRI exam from our clinic as our team has access to all orders in the Colorado Market.
Call us as quickly as possibly once the order has been placed and we will work to accommodate an appointment for you.
If We Can't Accommodate Your MRI Exam
If our clinic is unable to accommodate your MRI exam, a message will be immediately sent to your ordering provider that the exam cannot be performed at the military clinic and a referral order is required. Your provider will place a referral order that will be appointed to a network imaging provider.
It will take approximately 3-5 business days for that referral to process (unless it is an urgent referral which will involve a same day coordination with the network provider). Visit www.tricare-west.com to access your network provider referral authorization.
If no referral authorization is visible, contact the Access to 10th Medical Group Referral Management to determine whether your referral is still in-progress. Additional information on the referral process is available on the Referral Support Page or via the 10 MDG Referral Guide.
Off-Base Provider Orders
Inform the provider to fax the MRI order to our office at 719-333-0507. Contact us once the provider has faxed the order and we will work to accommodate an appointment time for you.
At any point in the process, you can reach our clinic directly at 719-333-5171 or use Message My Provider on the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal: USAF Academy Radiology.
Before an MRI exam, eat normally and continue to take your usual medications, unless otherwise instructed. You may be asked to change into a gown and to remove things that might affect the magnetic imaging, such as:
- Hearing aids
- Underwire bras
- Cosmetics that contain metal particles
Some personal devices will be prohibited from the exam or may disqualify you from an MRI (unless certified as MRI safe).
These devices include:
- Metallic joint prostheses
- Artificial heart valves
- An implantable heart defibrillator
- Implanted drug infusion pumps
- Implanted nerve stimulators
- A pacemaker
- Metal clips
- Metal pins, screws, plates, stents or surgical staples
- Cochlear implants
- A bullet, shrapnel or any other type of metal fragment
- Intrauterine device
Results will be read by a Radiologist within 24 to 48 hours of the exam (unless urgent). Within another 24 to 48 hours, the Radiologist interpretations will be visible on the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal.
To request images/results to be sent to off-base providers, contact Medical Records (719-333-4400) to complete a release of information.
How to Use the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal
Visit our tutorial page that includes screen shots and step-by-step instructions for submitting messages, booking appointments and requesting appointments.
When messaging or searching our clinic, use the name: USAF Academy Radiology.