Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the safest and most accurate imaging techniques available. It combines a powerful magnet with sophisticated computer technology and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of organs and soft tissues to diagnose a variety of medical conditions.
The MRI suites at CDC/CDC on Comer are naturally lit and spacious. We offer a variety of patient comfort features including headphones for music, eye pillows or sleep masks, and a two-way communication system to speak with the technologist at anytime during the process.
An MRI experience can be described as somewhat loud to those who have never heard it before. You may be interested to hear what it sounds like before your visit.
Keep in mind that you will be wearing headphones to block out much of the noise that you can hear in the sample sound file. If it makes you more comfortable, you are invited to bring your favorite CD to listen to during the exam.
With three types of MRI technology available, Open, high field and wide bore, we are well equipped to meet your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about MRI:
• What is an MRI and How Does it Work?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces images of the body’s internal structures by passing radio waves through a strong magnetic field. Differing frequencies of radio waves are produced by the different body structures and, in return, these are mapped and converted into digital images by a computer. MRI is especially good for imaging soft tissues of the body, including the brain, muscles, organs and nerves. It is often used to diagnose sports-related injuries especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist.
• I understand you have two types of MRI scanners available at CDC/CDC on Comer. What are they and how do they differ?
There are two types of MRI equipment at our facility. They are commonly known as “Open” and “High-field” MRI scanners. Open MRI scanners were developed to accommodate comfort levels desired by many patients. They are especially ideal for larger or claustrophobic patients.
The High-field scanners are synonymous with “closed” MRI systems. They operate with a stronger magnetic field and are typically cylindrical in shape.
While High-field scanners can provide more detailed scans than Open, both provide excellent images for radiologists.
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