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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Windsor Imaging provides both High-Field and Open MRI Capabilities.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. Using specialized equipment, MRI generates high resolution images that have the ability to identify many diseases in the brain, spine, musculoskeletal system and abdominal and pelvic organs. MRI is the most advanced diagnostic imaging tool in the evaluation of many medical conditions.
The day of your exam please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time and dress comfortably. Please leave jewelry and valuables at home. Remember to bring your prescription, insurance cards, driver's license, and any films/records from prior exams that are related to your exam at Windsor Imaging.
Please contact the center if you are diabetic, pregnant or nursing. Please advise our office before your appointment if any of the following apply:
- Surgical Vascular Clips
- Cochlear Implants
- Breast Tissue Expander
- IVC Filter
- Penile Implants
- Silver Backed Dermal Medication Patches
Note: all metal objects will need to be removed for your protection. Do not wear any watches, rings, bracelets, earrings or necklaces. Credit card and ATM card magnetic codes will be erased by the MRI's magnetic field; they should be kept away from the scanner room. A locked closet will be available for your keys and other personal belongings.
If you are having: Abdomen MRI: No eating or drinking 4 hours prior to the exam.
Most patients experience some nervousness when undergoing a diagnostic test. For someone who is claustrophobic, the thought of having an MRI exam can cause extreme anxiety. This anxiety may be so extreme that it prevents the patient from receiving the necessary exam. Children and the elderly may not be able to physically stay still for the required length of an exam. Our open MRI is a patient friendly system that helps eliminate patient anxiety and claustrophobia while preserving diagnostic quality.
MRI Quick Facts:
- MRI use a magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of the inside of the body.
- MRI requires the patient to be extremely still for long periods of time in order to obtain the images.
- MRI images can be viewed with multiple variations/plains.
- MRI does not expose the patient to any radiation.
- Some people are not candidates for MRI, such as those with pacemakers or metal implants, pregnant women, or people unable to remain still for long periods of time.
What is an MRI?
MRI scans are diagnostic tests that provide us with high-resolution pictures of the structure of any organ or area of the body. This test uses computers to construct pictures of the inside of the body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) began being used in the late 1980s. An MRI machine uses computer-controlled radio waves and very big magnets, which create a magnetic field roughly 25,000 times stronger than the earth's magnetic field. After the machine creates a magnetic field, it sends radio waves into the body and then measures the response of its cells (how much energy they release) with a computer. From these responses, the computer is able to create a three-dimensional picture of the inside of the body. MRI makes use of the fact that all living cells have a certain magnetic quality to them; because of this, MRI can provide a look at the biochemistry of living cells.
What is a Hi-Field MRI?
Windsor Imaging recently added a High Field MRI to their portfolio of technology. The new High Field MRI is a 1.5 Tesla, the finest and newest machine available, which makes Windsor Imaging a clear cut above other MRI facilities in the area, most of who only have a .2 or .3 Tesla. What that means to the patient is that this High Field MRI, almost five times stronger than the nearest competitor, produces greater quality images in half the time.
What information does an MRI scan provide?
An MRI test provides detailed pictures of areas of the body that used to be inaccessible by conventional X-Rays. The development of non-invasive imaging techniques reduces invasive, exploratory surgeries and allows detailed views of the anatomic structures in normal and diseased states.
Are there any health risks associated with MRI?
MRI has no known associated health risks. However, people with pacemakers, aneurysm clips, or other implants that contain magnetic materials may not be candidates for MRI testing. MRI offers superior soft-tissue contrast, excellent visualization of vascular structures, fewer artifacts, and imaging in any plan. MRI is best put to use in examining the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It can also be used to identify tumors, strokes, degenerative diseases, inflammation, infection, and other abnormalities in organs and soft tissue of the body. MRI scans require the patient to be very still for extended periods of time and generally is a more expensive exam as compared to some other scans.
Windsor Imaging also has Axial Lumbar Imaging on-site. What this means to patients with severe back pain is enhanced diagnosis with more accurate readings.
The Lumbar Imaging is the only FDA Approved approach which simulates the standing position.
For those patients with spinal and disc problems, this offers an advanced approach to diagnosing previously undetected problems.