Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides highly-detailed images of organs,
the brain, joints and other soft tissue by using a strong magnetic field
and radio frequency waves that can "look through" bones.
An exam usually takes 30 to 60 minutes and consists of several image sequences
lasting 5 to 10 minutes each, with most studies requiring four to six
sequences to complete.
Iredell's system offers a number of diagnostic imaging capabilities,
including stroke, body MRA (angiography for the diagnosis of circulatory
diseases) and cardiac imaging in a design that provides maximum patient comfort.
The MRI system enables physicians to perform high-resolution studies on
both orthopedic and neurology patients. It is capable of showing very
small blood vessels in the brain that can enable the radiologist to spot
aneurysms, or identify plaque buildups in the carotid arteries that might
lead to a future stroke. Images also make it easier to diagnose blood
flow problems in the lower extremities.
For orthopedic patients, the MRI system helps physicians diagnose some
of the most difficult joints in the body, such as the shoulder and pelvis.
It can also detect subtle damage to the spine and joints in patients with
herniated disks and arthritis as well as show subtle sports-related injuries
in ligaments and bones.