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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive method which can produce two- or three-dimensional images of what's going on inside the human body. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to provide extremely precise pictures of body tissues such as the brain, spine, joints and even blood vessels.

One of the unique features of MRI is its ability to image parts of the body previously hidden from view by bone. The equipment produces superior images, which are especially helpful in diagnosing strokes, brain tumors, Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis. Because it can distinguish between different types of soft tissue, it is especially beneficial in tumor diagnosis. MRIs are also very useful tools to examine joints such as shoulders or knees. In many instances, an MRI of the spine can eliminate the need to have other examinations that involve needles and injections of contrast. MRIs' accuracy have the potential to reduce the number of current diagnostic surgeries. They can also be used to monitor the success of treatments for disease.

The MRIs at St. Mary's are high-field strength systems that offer some of the quickest and clearest scans available in the area. The high-field strength provides much clearer pictures than the low field strength open units. The magnets allow for early stroke diagnosis, which can increase the chances of recovery and decrease disability from stroke. Furthermore, the short length reduces significantly, if not completely eliminating, a patient's claustrophobia. The design of the magnet also will accommodate larger patients. All in all, this short bore design will make your visit more comfortable.

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If you'd like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.