(MRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and uses magnetics to create images of inside of the body, as opposed to the using of x-rays.
Having an MRI scan is completely painless and involves the patient lying down and being placed into a cylinder (MRI Scanner). Sometimes a special dye is injected so that clearer pictures may be achieved.
MRI can be used to scan any part of the body and can provide a Radiologist with a series of clear images, detailing the area of interest.
MRI produces images which are the visual equivalent of a slice of anatomy in multiple plains. MRI, however, is also capable of producing these images in an infinite number of projections through the body.
Patients who cannot undergo an MRI examination include those people dependent upon cardiac pacemakers and those with metallic foreign bodies in the brain or in the eye.
Our GE 1.5 T at our Moonee Ponds and Hawthorn clinics are of the highest and most powerful magnets in Australia.
MRI is often used to scan for the following:
- Diagnosing of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Diagnosing tumours of the pituitary gland and brain
- Visualising torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle
- Evaluating masses in the soft tissues of the body
- Diagnosing strokes in their earliest stages.
- Breast screening for early detection of cancer
Benefits of MRI
MRI avoids patients being exposed to ionising radiation. MRI provides more detailed information of the soft tissue structures of the human body.
MRI is capable of highlighting the anatomy of joint structures such as cartilage and muscles.