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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is considered to be the advanced imaging modality of choice when imaging the soft tissues of the body, including the nervous system. Most neurological problems (including intervertebral disk disease, meningitis/encephalitis, brain tumors, strokes, etc) require an MRI to give an accurate diagnosis. Plain radiographs typically cannot diagnose these conditions. MRI uses a strong magnetic field to make an image of the internal structures of the body. This technique is completely non-invasive, however patients must remain completely still, so anesthesia is required. MRI does not use radiation like X-rays, but rather a radio-frequency which detects small signals emitted from each cell in the body, making it ideally suited to image the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Special technology within the MRI detects the emitted signals and relays them to a computer which, in turn, creates an image of the body part being scanned. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field to produce an image. This diagnostic technique provides the best images to diagnose brain and certain spinal cord disorders. It’s also useful in diagnosing certain muscle conditions and diseases in the chest, abdomen and joints. It’s a non-invasive procedure that requires anesthesia as well as an MRI contrast agent given by injection during the exam. The degree of contrast helps to determine whether tissue is normal, inflamed or cancerous. The contrast agent also helps define the borders between normal and abnormal tissues. The first series of scans are performed without contrast. MRI scans of the brain always require contrast injections and post contrast scans. MRI scans of the spine do not always require contrast.

Our High-field MRI provides clearer images in less time compared to low-field MRI. This means a more accurate diagnosis with less need for anesthesia.
High Field MRI