What do doctors learn from an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, painless way for doctors to get a clear look at your internal anatomy. In fact, a scan may be the only way your doctor can get diagnostic information without surgery. The technology produces sharp computerized images of internal body tissues that can’t be viewed through x-rays. Doctors can request an MRI image for your brain, your knee, your spine, or just about any part of your body that needs diagnosis.
What can an MRI diagnose?
- Aneurysms, stenosis, occlusions, and carotid arteries in the head and neck.
- Diseases of the central nervous system, including spinal cord deterioration, tumors of the brain, and multiple sclerosis.
- Condition of the heart, liver, kidney adrenal glands, male and female pelvis, and abdominal blood vessels.
- Disorders of bones, knees, and joints.
- Condition of cartilage, ligaments, bone, muscle, fat and menisci.
- Shoulder disorders, including impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tears.
How does the procedure work?
A computer then processes the signals and generates a series of images each of which shows a thin slice of the body. The images can then be studied from different angles by the interpreting physician. Overall, the differentiation of abnormal (diseased) tissue from normal tissues is often better with MRI than with other imaging modalities such as x-ray, CT and ultrasound. When a contrast material is introduced to the bloodstream during the procedure, it clearly defines the blood vessels being examined by making them appear bright white.
To schedule an appointment or discuss your imaging needs, contact Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging today or call us @ 352-628-9900.