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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Available at St. Mary's

An MRI scan uses a magnetic field and low energy radio waves to produce a series of pictures.  MRI is a safe, painless procedure that does not use X-rays to create images.  Due to the use of the magnetic field, a brief medical history is obtained by the technologist prior to undergoing the procedure.

Common MRI procedures include:

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA).  Evaluates blood vessels for stenosis, aneurysms, arterial venous malformation or peripheral vascular disease.

Fetal MRI.  Evaluates fetal anatomy, aides in diagnosis and identifies abnormalities found on Ultrasound.

Joint MRI.  Evaluates the anatomy of a specified joint in great detail.  It detects tears in muscles, tendons, ligaments and small fractures that are not visible on X-ray.

Spine MRI.  Evaluates the spine for abnormalities such as ruptured discs, cord compression, degenerative disc disease or metastatic disease.

Other MRI Exams.  Includes Cardiac MRI and Breast MRI.

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