Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly called MRI, is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging test that utilizes magnetic fields and radio waves to provide detailed cross-sectional views of internal tissues and structures that may not be captured by x-ray, ultrasound or computerized tomography. MRI acquires information and sends it to a computer, which uses the data to compose high-quality images of interior views of the body, head and/or extremities.
“MRI is especially effective in evaluating information about the brain, spinal cord, breasts, pelvic organs and musculoskeletal system,” says John Boon, MD, one of RAO’s team of 19 Board Certified radiologists. “It catches specifics that other tests can miss.”
“With MRI, we can locate even tiny anomalies,” says Dr. Ryan Tompkins. “It’s one of the most widely-used technologies to diagnose everything from cancer and strokes to tendonitis.” When indicated, an injectable contrast material may be used to enhance details. MRI’s ability to isolate disease early on has allowed it to replace exploratory surgery in leagues of cases, improving care, protecting comfort and saving lives. More than 30 years of research and use have led the US Food and Drug Administration to recognize MRI as safe and free of potentially damaging ionizing radiation, which is good news for people concerned about exposure.
“Though prep time adds to the procedure, the scan itself takes only minutes,” says Edson Cortes, MD. “In some cases, a patient may need to fast for 8-12 hours beforehand, and in those situations we make every effort to schedule a patient first thing in the morning for greater comfort.” Because MRI uses magnetic fields, patients are required to remove any impermanent metal objects such as jewelry, watches, dental work, etc. Depending on the area being scanned, people with internal metal devices such as implants or pacemakers may not be eligible for MRI.
RAO offers various MRI equipment including high field MRI, which produces higher picture resolution in less time, and open MRI, which offers a more open and comfortable environment for larger people, those who tend to feel claustrophobic, and children, who are sometimes fearful of enclosed spaces. “We are one of the few local practices to offer High Performance Open MRI,” says Dr. Brian Cartwright, “which produces both higher image quality and better comfort.” For MRI scanning needed to assess time-critical cases, RAO offers same-day MRI appointments and 24-hour reporting with your referring physician.
RAO delivers MRI services at three convenient locations, plus a team of highly experienced radiologists with specialized training in musculoskeletal radiology, nuclear medicine, breast imaging, neuroradiology and vascular and interventional radiology. “When you need an MRI, no one surpasses our expertise, training, technology or dedication,” says Dr. Boon. “That’s important when you’re seeking a quick, safe and accurate diagnosis.”
For more information on MRI or any diagnostic test, we welcome you to visit our website at www.raocala.com, call one of our offices or talk to your doctor about what RAO can do for you and your care.
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