MRI & MRA
Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Angiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to provide clear and detailed diagnostic images of internal body organs and tissues. MRI is a valuable tool for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions including, but not limited to:
- Heart and vascular disease
- Joint and musculoskeletal disorders
MRI allows evaluation of some bodily structures that may not be as visible with other diagnostic imaging methods.
What are some of the common uses of MRI?
Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System. MRI is often used to study the knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. MRI is also a highly accurate method for evaluating soft tissue structures, such as tendons and ligaments, which can be seen in great detail with this method. Many subtle injuries are easily detected. In addition, MRI is used for the diagnosis of spinal problems, including disk herniation, spinal stenosis, and spinal tumors.
Imaging of the Head and Spine. MRI for neurological/brain imaging and spine studies provides outstanding image quality for diagnosis. The MRI software offers many mode and viewing options including the ability to reconstruct and rotate images to show soft tissue of the brain. MRA studies offer enhanced images of vascular structures.
What Patients and Their Doctors Should Know About MRI
Compared to lower field strength scanners (such as Open MRI) and older high field strength scanners, our MRI offers many exceptional advantages including:
▪ Exceptional image quality afforded by the latest high field technology
▪ Exam speed
▪ Exceptionally trained physicians and technologists
▪ Easy, patient friendly environment designed for patient comfort
▪ Electronic transmission of results and images to referring physicians
▪ Expanded imaging applications to evaluate many medical complaints.
MRI Patient Information
What is MRI and What Will I Experience?
The purpose of MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is to diagnostically evaluate your brain or body, so that your Physician can obtain a quick and accurate diagnosis. Patients will lie on a table while the MR scanner produces images using a magnetic field and computers. Depending on the type of exam, intravenous medication called gadolinium may be required. The administration of the medication is usually painless and rarely causes adverse reaction.
Why Does It Matter Which Type of MRI I Have?
MRI scanning facilities vary greatly, with differences in the type of MR scanners and professional expertise. In general, the high-field magnet or older high field strength MRI scanners produce superior images in less time compared to Open or Low Field strength techniques. The high-field MRI is not only faster and technically superior, it is also comfortable. The high field strength scanners are specifically designed for patient comfort due to the larger patient opening and shorter scanner design. In addition, some imaging methods such as MR angiography, detailed brain, body, spine, joint, breast, and diffusion imaging, may be impossible to perform or limited in quality on some Open or Low Field strength devices.