Magnetic Resonance Imaging:
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which is a non-invasive, radiation-free scanning technology that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to produce clear and detailed three-dimensional images of nearly all organs and hard and soft tissues in the body. MRI can be used to identify or precisely locate an injury or abnormality and to scan for developing problems or to analyze damage from previous trauma. MRI produces images of any area of the body, and can be an invaluable tool for detecting damage to the nervous system, or the joints and musculoskeletal systems. MRI has become a valuable tool in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
MRI scans are able to reveal minute damage changes to bone and arthritis progression, which can help your Doctor adjust your treatment plan accordingly. MRI also picks up stress fractures, Morton’s neuromas and torn ligaments and menisci undetectable on x-ray.
Unlike x-rays, radioisotopes and CT scanning, MRI uses radiofrequency waves, making it safer than other methods that use radiation. Each scan can last from an average total exam time of about 30 to 45 minutes. Because MRI requires the use of magnetic fields, mobile metal objects and jeweler must be removed before the scans can be performed. People with pacemakers, new coronary stents and mobile internal devises cannot have MRI’s.
Our MRI is a non-claustrophobic accredited MRI scanner. Our office maintains a radiologist on staff by whom your results are received, and discussed with your doctor in a timely manner. All MRI’s are evaluated and formally read by this board certified Musculoskeletal Radiologist who was Fellowship trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City
It remains our priority to provide patients with the safest treatment and diagnostic options available. MRI scanning is a safe procedure. However, alert your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
• Cochlear Implants
• Joint replacement less than 3 months in place
• Coronary stents less than 3 months in place
• Transdermal drug patch
• Vagus nerve stimulants
• Aneurysm clips
• Vena Cava Umbrella
• Other metal implants
For more information on MRI, feel free to contact our office directly at 516-295-4481