- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) produces very clear pictures of the body by using powerful magnetic fields and without using x-rays or radiation. It is one of the safest imaging procedures available.
- It provides images of virtually any part of the body such as the brain, joints, spine, internal organs, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels with amazing clarity.
- The MRI study can be focused on a particular portion of the body to pinpoint abnormalities.
MRI IS USED FOR:
- Visualizing torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle, shoulder, and Elbow.
- Diagnosing tendonitis.
- Diagnosing herniated (slipped) discs in the spine.
- Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Diagnosing tumors of the brain
- Diagnosing strokes in their earliest stages.
- Diagnosing infections in the brain, spine, abdomen or joints.
- Evaluating masses in the soft tissues of the body, abdomen, or pelvis.
- Evaluating bone tumors, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine.
- Evaluating the arteries and veins throughout the body.
How does MRI work?
MRI uses a powerful magnet to align atoms in the body a particular way. Radio signals from the atoms are analyzed using a powerful computer to generate images of the body. Sophisticated software allows the images to be created in various orientations and angles which allows the radiologist to focus in on the area of concern.
Our MRI Technology:
McBride Imaging Center uses a GE 1.5 T 12.0 High Definition MRI unit.
It allows for advanced body studies and exquisite musculoskeletal exams.
- There is no special preparation for most MRIís exam. Mcbride Imaging Center offers patient gowns to wear during the exam.
- For our patientís safety, we ask patients to remove all hairpins, body piercings, watches, and most jewelry before entering the MRI scan room.
- Cell phones cannot be taken into the MRI room. It is best to leave your valuables at home. If you are going to have an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your exam.
- If you will be having a contrast injection, please notify the staff if you:
- are allergic to any medications
- are pregnant
- are breast feeding
- have any medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or breathing difficulties, kidney disease, or heart disease