MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a method of obtaining detailed images of the internal body structures, without the use of radiation. A large magnet, radio waves and computers generate advanced detailed images that cannot be seen on conventional x-rays. An advanced medical technique, this will probably be one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you will experience.
The human body is made up of millions of atoms. When placed in a magnetic field, these atoms line up with the field, much like a compass points to the north. Radio waves produce signals that with a powerful antenna are picked up and sent to a computer, which performs millions of calculations to produce pristine images for diagnosis. During the exam you will be asked to lie on a cushioned table as a device called a “coil” will be placed over or under you. The coil is designed to produce the clearest image possible. From here you will hear a thumping sound for several minutes at a time. Relax and lie still as any movement can blur the picture. The technologist will always be in touch with you.
The high field MRI has a stronger magnetic strength which allows for a shorter scan time. The area that the patient lies in is almost the same size as the area for a CT scan, unlike some MRI’s scanners where the patient is lying in a “tube”, this makes it much more comfortable for the patient and easier for claustrophobic patients to tolerate. Molecular Imaging’s high field magnet was designed to deliver high performance imaging, shorter scan times with the most patient friendly design.