Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a procedure in which a magnet linked to a computer is used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. The technology produces images that are like a slice of anatomy and can produce images in an infinite number of planes through the body. MRI uses a large magnet which surrounds the patient, radio frequencies and a computer to produce frequencies.
The MRI division of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging offers a full range of services, all accredited by the American College of Radiology.
These services include MRI of the:
- Abdomen for liver disease and kidney disease
- Brain, internal auditory canal, orbits
- Internal auditory canal only
- Orbits only
- Pelvis for cysts, diverticulitis, endometriosis, fistula, prolapse or bladder
- Spine screen
- Entire spine
Other services include:
- Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA), a type of MRI scan that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to create pictures of blood vessels
- MRI-guided breast biopsy
- MR enterography, which takes detailed pictures of the small bowel, for Crohn's disease
- Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), a non-invasive technique that uses MRI to see the biliary and pancreatic ducts
If your doctor has requested an MRI, you can make an appointment Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Staff is on call 24 hours a day.
To make an appointment, call (401) 274-1122, ext. 41248.