For Patients


More and more patients are taking an active role in their healthcare, doing their own research and choosing their own healthcare providers and specialists. Radiology and interventional radiology are no exception, because choosing the right professionals can make all the difference.

In 1930, the first RMG radiologist began reading X-rays in Santa Cruz. Since then, we have grown to become the region’s largest and most trusted radiology team, skilled at providing the full range of imaging services, as well as vascular and minimally invasive treatments for disease and other disorders of the body.

Whether we’re performing an interpretation of an X-ray for a suspected broken bone, or a complex interventional procedure to treat peripheral artery disease, you can be assured that RMG physicians are committed to providing you with the highest quality care possible.

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Directions to South County Imaging

Directions to South County Imaging facility

Step 1: Schedule Your Appointment
After your doctor orders your MRI scan, call Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County, Inc., at (831)476-7711 to schedule your appointment and provide some basic medical history.

Step 2: Know What to Expect
No advanced preparation is needed for most MRI scans. You can eat a normal diet and take routine medications. You may be able to wear your own clothing if it is loose fitting and has no metal fasteners. Some types of MRI scans involve a contrast injection. When you schedule your appointment, staff will discuss whether this injection or other special considerations are necessary. If you are claustrophobic, talk with your doctor in advance about sedating medication.

Step 3: Day of Your MRI Scan
Arrive at your scheduled time to prepare for your MRI scan. Remove jewelry, eye-glasses and other metal objects before entering the scanning room. You may also need to change into medical scrubs.
Because the scanning process produces buzzing or knocking noises, ear plugs are provided for your use.
Your MRI technologist will position you on a padded table that will move slowly through the scanner. Your positioning will depend upon the area of your body to be scanned. The MRI technologist can see, hear and speak with you at all times. In most cases, you may have a friend or relative stay in the room with you.
The scan process usually takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Your job is to simply relax and hold still.

Step 4: After Your MRI Scan 
A board-certified radiologist will interpret your images. A report of these results will be sent to your referring physician within 24 to 48 hours. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results of your MRI scan.

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