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What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a combination of radio frequencies, a large magnet, and computer technology to produce images of your organs and the structures within your body. The images magnetic resonance imaging provides are highly detailed, giving your doctor a clear view of your bones and soft tissues.

Magnetic resonance imaging is a safe and quick way to locate any damaged tissues. Advanced Magnetic Imaging uses state-of-the-art Philips Achieva 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging, which has a magnetic strength of three Teslas.

Teslas are units of magnetic strength. Standard MRIs are typically 1.5 Teslas. Advanced Magnetic Imaging’s Achieva 3.0T is twice as strong, offering a faster, more efficient method of scanning multiple organs at once. The Achieva 3.0T can pick up more abnormalities, and provides enhanced, uniform images with consistency and speed.

What is magnetic resonance imaging used for?

You might need magnetic resonance imaging if your doctor wants to examine areas of your body in more detail. Common reasons for having a magnetic resonance imaging referral include diagnosing conditions affecting the:

  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Arms and legs
  • Spine
  • Male and female reproductive organs
  • Breasts
  • Prostate gland

The magnetic resonance imaging machine can accommodate patients weighing over 300 pounds. This can help diagnose cancer and detect growths in larger patients. Magnetic resonance imaging is also an effective way of evaluating infections and assessing bone and joint injuries.

What happens when I have a MRI procedure?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive, painless procedure. The machine has a moveable table fitted with comfortable moldings that keep you in the correct position. You lie on the table, and your provider at Advanced Magnetic Imaging slides it into the large tunnel-shaped unit that houses the MRI’s magnets.

When you’re in position, your provider leaves the room and starts your scan. The magnetic resonance imaging machine makes repeated noises like taps or thumps. You can have earplugs to block the sounds or listen to music. You can talk to the technician via a microphone at any time if you need to.

Some MRIs involve injecting contrast material into a vein in your hand or arm. This dye shows up on the magnetic resonance imaging pictures, highlighting specific areas. Magnetic resonance imaging might last 15 minutes or could take over an hour, depending on the purpose of your scan. It’s important to stay still the entire time so the images don’t blur.

To find out more about magnetic resonance imaging and how it helps in your health care, call Advanced Magnetic Imaging today or book an appointment online.