MRI provides the most precise, sophisticated visualization of the brain and spine available. MRI helps in the early detection and diagnosis of brain and nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, tumors, spinal diseases, hydrocephalus, stroke, and traumatic injuries.
Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Imaging
MRI is superb at closely visualizing joints and the surrounding tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. This is particularly helpful with sports-related injuries.
MRI complements CT in looking at anatomic and pathologic processes in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. MRI is replacing invasive procedures, such as angiography, and ERCP’s in evaluation of the gallbladder and biliary ducts.
Although MRI is a convenient and safe procedure, there are some contraindications. Most pacemakers, brain aneurysm clips, stapes ear implants, defibrillators or neurotransmitters are contraindicated in MRI. If the patient has had surgeries, implants, stents, metallic foreign bodies, pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, shunts, aneurysm coiling or clipping, ports (power or not) or filters notify staff upon scheduling.