Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines magnetic technology with radio waves rather than X-Rays, to produce detailed computer-generated images of the body's soft tissue. During an MRI exam, atoms in your body respond to magnetic fields created by an MRI scanner. These responses are recorded as images of internal organs, muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system by a computer.
The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. MRI exams are noninvasive, and in many cases, they can reduce the need for further tests or invasive procedures.
In contrast with other types of imaging, MRI technology can produce detailed images of the body's "soft tissues", such as the brain, spinal canal, heart, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Today MRI is a primary tool for diagnosing conditions in a number of medical categories, including neurology, cardiology, and orthopedics.
MRI exams are quick and safe, and the images produced by MRI scans provide some of the most details pictures available of the human body.
Specifically, doctors find MRI images particularly helpful in evaluating and treating the following conditions:
3-Tesla MRI: The Power to See Amazing Details
At Elite Imaging, we believe that the most detailed images help doctors develop the most effective treatments for their patients. That's why Elite Imaging invested in the Siemens MAGNETOM Trio 3-Tesla High-Field MRI system- the strongest MRI machine in South Florida - which provides the most detailed of images, fastest exam speed, and a high degree of patient comfort.
Doctors use 3-Tesla MRI technology to better understand, diagnose and treat neurological diseases, such as stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease; cardiovascular problems such as Carotid Artery disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Peripheral Arterial Disease; and orthopedic injuries including meniscal tears, ACL tears and MCL injuries.
Open MRI: Ensuring Maximum Comfort
Elite Imaging also offers patients OPEN MRI, which offers even greater patient comfort while still providing detailed images for a range of medical issues. Unlike conventional MRI, OPEN MRIs do not require patients to enter into a tunnel type machine.
In this regard, OPEN MRI increases patient comfort by reducing the "closed" sensation often associated with conventional MRI scanners. OPEN MRI is ideal for patients, who suffer from claustrophobia, or pediatric patients who require parental support, and other patients who are uncomfortable in a conventional MRI scanner.
How Do I Prepare For My MRI Exam?
Prior to your exam you may eat normally and continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor, unless otherwise directed. The only exception is MRI of the Abdomen. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, hair pins, and other metallic objects. We provide you with your own locker for your belongings. You may also be asked to remove dentures and wigs. You will be asked to wear a cloth gown.
Additionally, you should alert your physician or one of Elite Imaging's staff if you are pregnant or if you have any of the following:
What To Expect?
Elite Imaging offers state-of-the-art MRI services, performed by highly trained MRI technologists. For your convenience, appointments can be scheduled during extended early morning and evening hours, 6 days a week. We can accommodate potentially anxious patients, oversized patients and children on our high quality OPEN MRI unit.
Our MRI certified technologists will guide you effortlessly through the exam. You will be asked to change into a gown, remove your jewelry and wristwatch, and lie on the padded MRI table that slowly glides you through the MRI scanner. You will hear occasional thumping sounds. Do not be alarmed as these sounds are normal. You will be given ear plugs or headphones to insulate you from the noise of the MRI machine.
MRI technology is safe, and Elite Imaging follows all stems to ensure patient comfort during the exam. While most MRI exams are non-invasive, your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a harmless contrast agent that provides a cleared picture of the area being examined.
Exams typically last less than one hour, depending on the images required by your physician, and you can help ensure the clarity of these pictures by remaining as still as possible while the magnet operates. Our technologists will remain in constant communication with you throughout the exam to make your experience entirely comfortable and pleasant.
Once your exam is complete and the images are produced, Elite Imaging will contact your doctor with the results of your study. Only your physician can discuss your results with you.