Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is well tolerated and provides high-resolution images, excellent tissue characterization and pathology detection. It can be performed both with and without the use of intravenous contrast. With our high field magnets (1.5T and 3T), we routinely perform high quality examinations tailored to the organ, or body region of interest. MRI is a useful, non-invasive tool for the detection of many disease processes and is frequently used in problem solving.

MRI is used routinely to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

  • Tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.
  • Certain types of heart problems.
  • Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels, including the aorta, renal arteries, and arteries in the legs.
  • Diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, and that of other abdominal organs, including the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreatic ducts.
  • Cysts and solid tumors in the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract.
  • Tumors and other abnormalities of the reproductive organs (e.g., uterus, ovaries, testicles, prostate). Blood vessels (MR Angiography).
  • Causes of pelvic pain in women, such as fibroids, endometriosis and adenomyosis.
  • Suspected uterine congenital anomalies in women undergoing evaluation for infertility.

Indications for Advanced MRI

Our advanced imaging includes dynamic examinations, diffusion weighted imaging, and specialized examinations of the bowel and heart. These studies are used for problem solving, frequently for pre-surgical planning or evaluation for success of therapy and monitoring activity of disease. We work closely with our clinical colleagues to create examinations tailored to specific patients and disease processes. We are constantly working with our technologists and physicists to optimize our protocols.

Our advanced examinations include, but are not limited to:

  • Dynamic pelvic floor imaging
  • MR Urography
  • Dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) and Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI)
  • MR Enterography
  • Emergency MRI
  • Cardiac MRI
  • High resolution prostate MRI, without the use of an endorectal coil
  • Pediatric MRI
  • Fetal MRI

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Last modified: May 19, 2016