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MRI Treatment Information
Large magnets inside the MRI machine cause the atoms of your body to align in certain ways. This allows us to capture highly detailed images without any discomfort to you. Sometimes we inject a small amount of harmless dye (called contrast) to make certain parts of your body show up more clearly.
The MRI scanner creates a strong magnetic field around you, and radio waves are directed at your body. The internal part of the magnet makes repetitive tapping and thumping noises. For your comfort, your technologist can give you headphones with your choice of music.
Our services include:
- Breast MRI. We may use breast MRI for diagnosis in women whose mammograms show possible tumors. Sometimes breast MRI replaces mammography. If you have had positive mammogram results in the past, your doctor may request breast MRI instead of screening mammography. Using special equipment, we take highly detailed images of the inside of your breasts. Breast MRI allows us to detect tumors at an earlier stage. Because this technology uses no radiation, it reduces the total amount of radiation you are exposed to for diagnosing breast tumors.
- Heart MRI. Cardiac MRI (heart MRI) creates detailed pictures of your heart and the tissue around it. Your physician uses these images to diagnose a variety of conditions such as tumors and infections. Heart MRI also detects damage caused by heart attack and allows us to evaluate the effects of coronary artery disease on blood flow around your heart.
- Musculoskeletal MRI. MRI captures highly detailed pictures of bone fractures and of the delicate structures of joints. These images allow your physician to clearly see damage to bones and joints. Your doctor uses MRI scans to plan surgery or other effective treatment for fractures.
- Functional MRI: When you have damage to your brain, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease or tumors, we may use a scan called a functional MRI. This scan looks at blood flow in the brain to detect areas of activity. Changes in blood flow in different parts of your brain indicate possible abnormalities. Functional MRI helps your physician create an effective treatment plan, which may include surgery or radiation treatments.
- Surgical MRI. We use intraoperative MRI (surgical MRI) primarily for surgery to remove brain tumors. The tool’s precision enables your surgeon to find and remove parts of a tumor that may not be visible by other means. This reduces the need for additional operations.
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MRI Support Services
Learn more about MRI procedures and how this technology creates images that allow your physician to treat you effectively.
A Sampling of MRI Support Services
The American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America includes extensive information about MRI and how it benefits you and your physician.