What is MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a
non-invasive modality that can be used to image the anatomy of the body without the use of ionizing radiation or radioisotopes.
MRI provides greater contrast sensitivity than x-ray or cat scan techniques. MRI also yields a greater range of tissue discrimination. In addition, MRI provides three dimensional and oblique imaging.
Because this diagnostic test is accomplished by using a very large magnet, we must know and will ask if you have or have ever had:
- CARDIAC PACEMAKER
- BRAIN ANEURYSM CLIPS
- STAPLES OR IMPLANTS*
- PRESENCE OF METAL IN EYES
- FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY
- PACING WIRES
- ACTIVE MEDICATION PUMPS**
* this does not apply to cataracts.
** have your doctor call us for instruction.
MRI Now provides Ultrasound coverage at all our locations. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs & internal structures. It is used to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, and other organs. The Ultrasound Technologist uses a device called a Transducer. The Transducer sends out sound waves, which bounce off the tissues inside the body. The Transducer also captures the waves that bounce back. Images are created from these sound waves. There is NO radiation exposure during an Ultrasound. Common tests: abdominal ultrasounds, venous or arterial dopplers, carotid ultrasound, thyroid ultrasound, and pregnancy ultrasound. It can be used to find Deep Vein Thrombosis, tumors, and blockage in the arteries.