MRI-Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Non-Invasive Diagnosis

Improving Care with Open Bore
BOI introduces the wide or open bore MRI for improved patient care. The open MRI machine is spacious and is comfortable for all patients but especially those that are claustrophobic.  Our new, low field magnet open MRI promises higher quality results and a more relaxed scan time.  Please call us with any further questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.

What is MRI?
The origins of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are found in 1895 with the discovery of X-rays and later in the 1960s with the creation Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT) scans.  However, only since the early 1990s has MRI developed, at an unusually fast rate, into a dependable procedure for non-invasive diagnosis.  This continuously advancing technology has transitioned modern medicine throughout the world into a new era of medical care.  MRI gives doctors the ability to view extremely precise three-dimensional computerized images of their patient's brain, spinal cord, joints, and any other part of the human body.  MRI can construct these images in a comparatively brief testing period, without any surgical practice involved.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging has had a groundbreaking effect on the medical world; pushing medicine forward by leaps and bounds.  MRI is predominantly used as a diagnostic instrument; however, it is more and more being used as a fundamental research tool.  As MRI technology continues to advance it is being used in a more varied spectrum of medical fields, including MRI-guided surgery.  It is believed that MRI will eventually have the ability to create images on the cellular level of the human body.  

About The Procedure and Safety
Prior to a MRI, a patient must remove any jewelry and clothing that has metal in or on it.  MRI personnel will also ask the patient to disclose if they have any metallic implants such as a pacemaker.  Once in the scan room, the patient lies down on a bench attached to the MRI machine.  In order to stabilize the part of the body being imaged, the MRI administrator will use a surface coil.  The surface coil will receive "radio signals" transmitted by the patient's body throughout the test. 

After the MRI personnel leave the scan room, the examination begins.  However, the test administrator remains in constant communication with the patient by the use of a two-way intercom.  Each scan throughout the exam lasts approximately between one to five minutes.  The MRI will make noise however, it remains and at a reasonable volume.
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