What Is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
MRI is a breakthrough technology. Developed in the 1970’s, it is now a highly valuable, proven and mature technology.
MRI uses magnetic fields and radio frequency to produce highly detailed and accurate structural and functional imaging of the body.
MRI is essential technology for surgeons, and other specialists.
MRI is the imaging equipment ‘tool of choice’ in diagnosing soft tissue injuries of shoulders, knees, and hips, tumours of the brain, seizure disorders, and staging of many forms of cancer. It directly benefits patients in the diagnosis and monitoring of Multiple sclerosis (MS) and arthritis. MRI is used extensively for sports and workplace injuries allowing physicians to make a clear and quick diagnosis. MRI is non-invasive and replaces exploratory surgery allowing the patient can get back to family or work after 20-40 minutes in the MRI scanner.
Among other MRI diagnostic capabilities are:
- Early detection of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and forms of dementia. Early detection allows early prescription of medications and may slow the progression of the disease.
- Stroke imaging - detecting areas of the brain where there is restricted blood flow
- Coronary imaging that shows heart muscle movement, and blood flow through the arteries.
- Detecting and monitoring aneurysms, allowing surgery to be performed at an appropriate or optimal time
- Monitoring diabetes and the condition of chronic smokers who suffer from blood vessel problems
- Detecting subtleties such as the tiny impingement of nerve roots on the spine that can cause lower back pain