MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging):
MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and a powerful computer to look beyond hard bones and examine hidden soft tissue detail.
Besides being painless, MRI has no known side effects, making it a safe procedure and a pleasant experience for practically everyone. The scans can help your physician diagnose a variety of conditions earlier, faster and safer than ever before.
The pictures from the MRI look like axial slices through the anatomic structure. The MRI Computer can reconstruct or "re-slice" the images at any angle. Sagittal and Coronal plane images are also commonly done. An MRI machine can be categorized according to Magnetic Field Strength. Low Field units are suitable for brain and spine imaging, however, image quality is not as good as the higher field strength units such as the 1.5 Tesla MRI.
As part of our commitment to offering the most advanced healthcare possible, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging provides state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including a G.E. 1.5 Tesla (high-field) MRI.
This powerful diagnostic tool makes it possible for us to detect disease with greater speed and accuracy than ever before. According to experts in the field, this system sets a new standard for MRI technology of the future.
ADI offers piped-in music for your comfort and convenience. The patient may bring a favorite CD to listen to during the exam. The examination can usually be completed in 30 to 60 minutes.
Precautions and Contraindications to MRI Imaging:
Patients having the following should NOT have MRI's:
- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Aortic Clips
- Carotid Clips
- Neurostimulator/Tens Unit
- Insulin Pump
- Morphine Pump
Notify the MRI Technologist if patient has any of the following:
- Wire Sutures or Metal Mesh
- Heart Valves or Stents
- Inner Ear Prosthesis
- Metal slivers in eyes due to grinding or welding
Metal fragments imbedded in the eye or other sites
(order x-ray of orbits for foreign body to be done prior to MRI)
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