Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, delivers clear pictures of tissues and bones within the body using magnetic forces and radio waves. Scanners can be found in both closed and open styles. Closed MRI scanners are narrow enclosed tubes, but as needs of patients have changed over the years, the tube-like design was replaced with an open MRI that did not enclose the patient. Both closed and open MRI scanners are useful diagnostic tools. Learn more about some of the conditions that can be diagnosed using MRI technology.
Head and Neck MRIs
If a patient is suffering from chronic headaches, dizzy spells or other neurological conditions, a scan of the head and neck may be necessary. Imaging of the brain can show damage from tumors or trauma, developmental concerns, or even the signs of a stroke. An fMRI, or functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a technique that detects blood flow through the brain in order to measure brain activity. This is an important tool when diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease or epilepsy.
Heart and Blood Vessel MRIs
After a heart attack, an MRI of the heart can help identify areas of the heart’s muscular wall that are damaged from the event. Imaging the vessels and the movement of blood through those vessels can aid in the diagnosis of blockages, aneurysms, and artery disease.
Spine and Spinal Cord MRIs
Spinal MRIs can help a doctor diagnosis a variety of conditions that can occur due to normal wear and tear of aging, diseases, or trauma. For patients who may have back pain, MRIs can help pinpoint possible herniated discs or pinched nerves. These MRIs can also diagnose spinal cord compressions, spinal tumors, and even fractures of the vertebrae that make up the spine.
MRIs can be performed on any part of the body to produce quality diagnostic images. By producing quality images, doctors can more accurately diagnose and treat medical conditions that affect their patients.