MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI of the Head
80-85% of strokes (“brain attack”) result from clots that break off, traveling to smaller arteries in the brain. Color Doppler Ultrasound is used to identify plaque build-up, blood clots, and other obstructions that increase the risk of a stroke. The amount and type of plaque is a good prognostic indicator of stroke risk. Studies have shown that those with atherosclerosis (plaque build-up) in the carotid arteries are not only at a higher risk for stroke, but also a higher risk of coronary heart disease.
MRA of the Head
MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) is used to assess the intracranial vasculature, detect cerebral aneurysms, and evaluate strokes.
MRI of the Spine
An MRI of the spine is used to detect stenosis (spinal narrowing), herniated discs, fractures, tumors and plays a role in the diagnosis of back pain. It can be used to evaluate trauma or sources of pain.
MRI of the Joints/Extremities
An MRI of the joints and/or extremities is used to detect sources of pain related to injury, arthritis, tendonitis and aging affects. It is an extremely good tool to evaluate torn rotator cuffs, impingement syndrome, tendonitis and tears of the shoulder. It is an excellent tool that can be used to evaluate and detect knee, ankle and other joint injuries.
MRI of the Abdomen
An MRI of the abdomen is useful for assessing blood vessels and flow within the abdomen, masses or tumors, the cause of abdominal pain or swelling, the cause of abnormal blood tests, and the presence of abnormal lymph nodes in the abdomen.
MRI of the Pelvis
An MRI of the pelvis is useful in females for assessing abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic masses, endometriosis, and unexplained pelvic pain, In males, the pelvic MRI is useful in assessing lumps or swelling in the testicles or scrotum, unexplained pain in the pelvic region, and unexplained urination problems.
Please Note: There is an additional fee per exam if IV contrast must be used to enhance the MRI images. The use of IV contrast is done at the discretion of the radiologist.