Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your body without surgery. The MRI machine will scan selected areas of your body using a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and computer technology. MRI produces detailed cross sectional pictures of your internal organs, bones, and soft tissues without using radiation. Images are transferred to film via high-speed computer networks detailed study by our radiologist and physician. This sophisticated, highly-accurate imaging technique helps doctors to evaluate and diagnose injuries and diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, breast, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels.

Your MRI exam will last 30-60 minutes. Please arrive at our office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time, wearing comfortable clothes and no jewelry. Our technologist will help you prepare for your exam and answer any questions you may have. For more details, see the Your Exam page.

Here are a few examples of Magnetic Resonance Imaging:

Spine

An MRI exam is generally considered the single best imaging procedure for the spine. MRI pictures show detailed information about the health of spinal discs, as well as the presence of tumors or a disc herniation. The images are very useful to your doctor in planning for your spinal care.

View an example of a Spine MRI.

Breast

Because MRI images are so precise, the MRI scan is useful in providing your physician with more information about a suspicious or abnormal area detected from a physical exam or mammogram. Using MRI for diagnosing breast tissue can potentially reduce the need for certain diagnostic surgeries. MRI can also assist in planning surgery in a known breast-cancer patient and helping the doctor determine whether radiation therapy is needed. Breast MRIs can also be used to evaluate breast implants for leaks or ruptures. Click here for Breast MRI forms.

View an example of a Breast MRI.

Brain

The sensitivity of MRI makes its an excellent diagnostic tool for evaluating brain abnormalities. It provides high-resolution images of the brain’s internal structure. MRI can help your physician evaluate acute vascular processes such as a stroke, aneurysm, or head trauma. The MRI can show the difference between healthy brain tissue and a tumor. It can also aid in the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, or other neurological conditions.

View an example of a Brain MRI.

Joint

MRI gives very clear pictures of soft tissue structures near and around bones. The parts most frequently examined are the knee and shoulder, but MRI can examine almost every joint in the body including the wrist, ankle, knee, hand, and hip. MRI is widely used to diagnose sports-related injuries and work-related disorders caused by repeated strain or forceful impact. Using MRI scans, your physician can locate and identify what is causing pain, swelling, and/or bleeding around joints and bones. MRI shows even very small tears to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. MRI pictures can help your doctor identify degenerative disorders such as arthritis and joint infections such as osteomyelitis.

View an example of a Joint MRI.

Abdomen

An abdominal MRI can check organs and other tissue in the abdominal region including the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, prostate gland, uterus, and blood vessels. Your doctor may recommend an abdominal MRI to look for tumors or lesions, to look for damaged organs or other tissues, and to see how tumors are responding to treatment.