Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is painless and utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency to take detailed images of body structures. MRI can provide clear pictures of soft tissue near and around bones and it is the most sensitive exam for the brain, spine, and joint problems.
- MRI is widely used to diagnose sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the spine, knee, shoulder, hip,
elbow, and wrist. The images allow the physician to see very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.
- MRI assists with identifying spinal injuries, ruptured or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, nerve damage, cartilage
damage, tumors, and other soft-tissue abnormalities.
- MRI is particularly effective in the diagnosis of diseases such as multiple sclerosis or primary bone tumors.
- MRI is used to detect vascular abnormalities such as an aneurysm.
- MRI can also assist with the diagnosis of bladder cancer and abnormalities of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix.