MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

High Field (1.5T) MRI

Doctor and assistant with patient and MRI machineMRI is a procedure in which physicians examine the inside of the body to acquire diagnostic information. Using state-of-the-art technology, MRI creates anatomical images without the use of radiation.

What is MRI Used for?

MRIs are effective for imaging the whole body and are especially useful for evaluating the following conditions:

  • Brain Disorders
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Spine Diseases
  • Tumor Detection
  • Liver and Abdominal Diseases
  • Knee and Shoulder Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Facial/Neck Abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Cardiac Malformations
  • Blood Flow and Vessel Disorders

Are MRIs Safe?

MRIs use a safe magnetic field in conjunction with radio waves to read signals that are given off of body tissue. Computers process these signals and turn them into an MRI image. Different contrast levels in the image are translated during the procedure from varying tissue characteristics. There are no known side effects of MRI.

What to Expect:

Doctor reviewing x-raysMRI is a non-invasive diagnostic tool. It is also painless. You may hear low-pitch knocking sounds from the imaging process in motion. Depending on the physician’s diagnostic needs, the MRI procedure lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Patients need to remain still during the process.

No preparation is usually needed before an MRI scan other than the removal of makeup and metal such as hairpins and jewelry.