MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is an imaging procedure where diagnostic radiologists can visualize the earliest presentation of diseases which can represent one of the superior advances of modern medicine. Besides providing the opportunity for early diagnosis, we are able to carefully evaluate the stage or degree of development of the condition and help plan for appropriate treatment.
MRI is ideal for evaluating orthopedic and joint conditions as well as the majority of sports related injuries including the neck and back regions. Millennium Imaging have consistently practiced at the forefront of the newest applications of MRI such as examinations of the arteries, abdomen, pelvis, bile ducts, and prostate.
Millennium Imaging Medical Center is proud to announce their latest acquisition: The all-new, state-of-the-art 1.5T Open Style Short Bore MRI Scanner. Unlike the older MRI scanners in which patients are put in "the tube," our new scanner has the look of a CT scanner. It is much more comfortable for claustrophobic patients and acquires images much faster to facilitate patients who are in severe pain or who have difficulties lying still. Furthermore, the images are obtained with increased resolution improving diagnostic accuracy.
MRI of the Brain
MRI is the most sensitive exam for brain tumors, strokes, and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. In addition, it is a useful means of documenting brain abnormalities in patients with dementia, and it is commonly used for patients with disease of the pituitary gland. MRI can detect tiny areas of tissue abnormality in patients with disease of the eyes or the inner ear.
Diffusion weighted images (DWI) is available on the most advanced MRI scanners. This is a powerful tool used to detect small strokes or early strokes up to two hours from time of onset.
MRI of body
Organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis; including the lungs, liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, abdominal vessels, uterus, ovaries and prostate gland-can be examined in high detail with MRI, enabling the diagnosis and evaluation of tumors and functional disorders.
MRI also examines the body’s major joints, the spine, and soft tissues of the extremities. MRI is widely used to diagnose disc disease and sports-related injuries, as well as work-related disorders and repetitive motion injuries. Using MRI images, physicians can locate and identify the cause of pain, swelling, or bleeding in the tissues in and around the joints and bones. The images allow the physician to clearly see small tears and injuries to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage and fractures that cannot be seen on routine x-rays.
In addition, MRI images can give physicians a clear picture of degenerative disorders such as arthritis, deterioration of joint surfaces, and disc herniations. Neurosurgeons often use MRI to evaluate the integrity of the spinal cord after trauma. Finally, MRI is also useful for the diagnosis and characterization of infections and tumors involving bones, soft tissues and joints.
An MR arthrogram is a specialized study of any joint that includes injecting contrast into the joint prior to the MRI examination. Compare to an MRI study without contrast, there is a marked improvement in diagnostic accuracy. Your physician will order this test to evaluate joints in the most advanced method clinically available today. Joints that may studied by MR Arthrograms are: (Bullet format) shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle