There are many reasons for doctors to order MRI scans of their patients. The detailed images obtained from an open MRI scan can help your doctor diagnose your symptoms and recommend a method of treatment. From Cancer to Arthritis to torn ligaments and tendons, your MRI at Total Imaging MRI will provide valuable insight into your health. The following is a condensed list of conditions that may call for an MRI scan.
THE CRANIAL REGION
An MRI is a safe way to diagnose symptoms in the head like headaches, strokes, hormonal disorders, bleeding in the brain, confusion or memory loss, and infections. It is used to search for brain tumors, infections, birth defects, developmental anomalies, and brain fluid. Other diagnoses include: epilepsy or seizures, hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, eye or inner ear conditions, pituitary gland disorders, hormonal disorders like galactorrhea and acromegaly, or dementia.
An MRI’s high contrast between normal and abnormal tissue is instrumental in detecting cancer and tumors. In some cases, MRI imaging will show whether or not a section of abnormal tissue is benign or malignant. Multiple MRI scans can help a doctor monitor the changes in malignant cells and develop future treatment plans.
For patients with a sport-related injury an MRI will help doctors determine severity of the injury and the fastest recovery path. Sports-related injuries include torn ligaments and tendons, groin pulls, dislocated shoulders, hamstring injuries, concussions, fine bone fractures, sprains, and muscle strain.
MRI’s help find the unknown causes of upper and lower joint conditions like degenerative disorders and rheumatoid arthritis; swelling and bleeding of surrounding joint tissues; and pain from disorders like lupus, gout, or fibromyalgia. Knee pain, build-up of knee joint fluid, and an inability to support weight are also reasons a patient may need an MRI.
An MRI can be used to check for common heart problems like heart attack damage, heart disease, and heartburn. Also, any heart pain, tumors, injury, or lymph node system conditions.
How Does An MRI Work?
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses powerful magnets to generate radio waves that can be translated into images of the human body. Every hydrogen atom in the body has a proton at its center. Protons are highly sensitive to magnetic fields. Lying under the magnets of an MRI machine causes all the protons in a patient’s body to align together, like the pull of a compass. Radio waves are used to bounce the protons in and out of alignment. The MRI machine uses the radio waves sent back from the protons to make an image of the body. In different parts of the body, protons align at different speeds. This process allows the MRI Machine to create a detailed image that differentiates between different types of tissue.
The images captured from an open MRI scan will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what is going on inside a patient’s body. The data captured is used by doctors to diagnose a variety of complex symptoms.
The AIRIS II
The award-winning Airis II Open MRI scanner, manufactured by Hitachi, is the scanner that used at Total Image MRI. This state-of-the-art open MRI imaging machine satisfies two needs. It provides high-quality images to doctors and a comforting experience to patients. The open design of the Airis II is specifically designed to put patients first. It is ideal for accommodating children, those with claustrophobia, and senior citizens.
Motion Imaging Capabilities: can capture a specific area of the patient’s body in a position of motion.
Greater number of radio frequency coils to produce high resolution and tissue contrast.
Ability to pinpoint individual systems of the body like the circulatory or nervous system.
Patients can relax in the unique comfortable MRI bed of the Airis II and enjoy a pleasant MRI experience.