Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive method that can produce two-
or three-dimensional images of what's going on inside the human body.
MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to provide extremely
precise pictures of body tissues such as the brain, spine, joints and
even blood vessels.
One of the unique features of MRI is its ability to image parts of the
body previously hidden from view by bone. The equipment produces superior
images, which are especially helpful in diagnosing strokes, brain tumors,
Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis. Because it can distinguish
between different types of soft tissue, it is especially beneficial in
tumor diagnosis. MRIs are also a very useful tool to examine joints such
as shoulders or knees. In many instances, an MRI of the spine can eliminate
the need to have other examinations that involve needles and injections
of contrast. MRIs accuracy have the potential to reduce the number of
current diagnostic surgeries. It can also be used to monitor the success
of treatments for disease.
The MRIs at St. Joseph are a high-field strength system offering some of
the quickest and clearest scans available in Kansas City. The high field
strength provides much clearer pictures than the low field strength open
units. The magnets allow for early stroke diagnosis, which can increase
the chances of recovery and decrease disability from stroke. Furthermore,
the short opening or tube length reduces significantly, if not completely
eliminating, a patient's claustrophobia. The design of the magnet
also will accommodate larger patients. All in all, this short bore design
will make your visit more comfortable.
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