Types of MRI Procedures
MRIs are particularly good at detecting changes in the tissues and organs that may be caused by infection, disease or trauma. MRIs are commonly performed in these key regions:
- Blood vessels
An MRI provides the most precise, sophisticated visualization of the brain and spine available. An MRI helps in the early detection and diagnosis of brain and nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, tumors, spinal diseases, hydrocephalus, stroke and traumatic injuries.
Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine Imaging
An MRI is superb at closely visualizing joints and the surrounding tendons, ligaments and cartilage. This is particularly helpful with sports-related injuries.
An MRI complements a CT scan in looking at anatomic and pathologic processes in the chest, abdomen and pelvis. An MRI is replacing invasive procedures, such as angiography, and ERCPs in the evaluation of the gallbladder and biliary ducts.
Although an MRI is a convenient and safe procedure, there are some contraindications. Because the exam uses a strong magnetic field, contraindications include cardiac pacemakers, brain aneurysm surgical clips, inner ear prosthetics and pain spinal simulator devices. Notify your technologist or physician if you feel any of these may be an issue for you.