Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces very detailed images of bones, joints, soft tissues and organs without the need for exposure to radiation. It is a valuable tool for detecting everything from heart and vascular disease, stroke, cancer and disorders of the muscles and joints.
MRI uses magnets to produce magnetic fields that allow for determining differences between normal and abnormal anatomy. The great advantage of MRI for physicians and patients is that it can often help avoid unnecessary surgery and more invasive diagnostic procedures.
Most MRI scans can be completed in less than 45 minutes. Occasionally, IV contrast is needed to enhance images of certain tissues, organs and joints.
Procedures include Arthrograms of Any Joint
- Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot
- Spine-Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
- Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand
- Sacroiliac Joints
- Cerebrospinal Fluid
MRI has been proven to be themost effective imaging technique to diagnose the majority of bone and joint disorders, icluding the various causes of acute injury and chronic pain. It greatly enhances the ability of the caring physician to direct each patient to the appropriate therapy.
Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology that focuses on the evaluation of the central and peripheral nervous system. It involves both CT and MRI.
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- CT uses xrays to evaluate nervous system structures, blood vessels, and osseous structures (bones). It produces high resolution anatomical images particularly useful in evaluation of skeletal structures and blood vessels due to its quick imaging capabilities.
- Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI)
- MRI uses a strong magnetic field to evaluate the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is particularly useful in looking at the soft tissue components of the brain and spinal cord. There is no radiation associated with this examination.
- Cerebral Angiography (CA)
- CA is a test were a catheter is used to inject dye into blood vessels of the brain. It is a more invasive exam, but produces the highest resolution pictures. It can be used to see aneurysms or other blood vessel malformations associated with the brain.
- Steroid Injections:
- Epidural or selective nerve root injections can be given to treat back pain or pain going down the legs. This, in conjunction with MRI of the spine, can be very useful to help find the cause of pain
- Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty:
- This is a procedure were cement is placed into a fracture site of the lower spine. It can be used to promote earlier mobility and comfort following a fracture in selective patients.