We all like open spaces. We don’t like to be confined. Especially for medical testing. Which is an important reason we chose our new MR system from Philips. Its truly open design helps alleviate the anxiety of being placed head or feet – first into a cylindrical MR system. And with the most state-of-the art imaging technology available, your doctor can obtain high-quality images quickly so you’ll be up and out before you know it.
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or MR) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available. It combines a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed pictures of organs and tissues in order to diagnose a variety of medical conditions.
Common uses of this procedure.
Because MRI can give such clear pictures of soft-tissue structures near and around bones, it is the most sensitive exam for spinal and joint problems. MRI is widely used to diagnose sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and wrist. The images allow the physician to see even very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles. In addition, MRI of the heart, aorta, coronary arteries, and blood vessels is a fast, noninvasive tool for diagnosing coronary artery disease and heart problems. Physicians can examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease. Organs of the chest and abdomen – including the lungs, liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, and abdominal vessels – can also be examined in high detail in MRI images, enabling the diagnosis and evaluation of tumors and functional disorders. Because no radiation exposure is involved, MRI is often the preferred diagnostic tool for examination of the male and female reproductive systems, pelvis and hips, and the bladder.