MRI Overview

MRI Overview

MRIMRI - Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of magnetism, radio waves and computer processing to create detailed images of nearly every body part and internal structure - from bones and joints to vital organs and tiny blood vessels in the brain. Unlike imaging techniques based on x-ray, with MRI there's no exposure to radiation. It is among the safest and most versatile of imaging methods. Since its introduction for medical purposes in the 1970s, advances in MRI technology have greatly improved image quality, speed and convenience for patients, while giving physicians a safe and versatile tool for screening, diagnosing, surgical planning, treatment and reconstruction. 

Doctors typically prescribe MRI testing at Florida Hospital to diagnose or treat the following:

  • Cysts, tumors and cancer throughout the body
  • Blockages or enlargement of blood vessels and certain heart problems
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other abdominal organs
  • Abnormalities and diseases of the reproductive organs, including the causes of infertility, in both women and men
  • Orthopedic injuries or disorders - MRI is used to plan and guide orthopedic surgery

MRI scanners vary in size and configuration, but all operate on the sample principle. During an MRI scan, the patient lies on a flat table in a short, tunnel-like structure that houses a powerful magnet. The combination of magnetic field and radio waves temporarily interacts at the subatomic level with the water molecules contained within organ tissues. The scanner detects the energy created by this interaction and a computer reconstructs the information into images visible on a monitor. 

MRI at Florida Hospital

Florida Hospital has several types of MRI systems, including 3T, 1.5T and open systems. The state-of-the-art 3T MRI systems provide exceptional anatomic detail and are particularly useful for diagnostic tests and procedures requiring the high resolution. Our highly-skilled radiologists weigh all factors to choose the right system for each individual to ensure the best outcome for each patient. Intraoperative MRI will be available at Florida Hospital Orlando in the near future.

Results

Once obtained, the patient's MRI images remain an electronic file. Florida Hospital has the most sophisticated network, viewing stations and software for processing, transmitting, reviewing and storing these electronic images.

One of our radiologists will examine and interpret the scan and create a report of his/her findings that will be sent to the referring physician. The referring physician will discuss the results with the patient.

First Resource Description: 
View the patient brochure on Radiologyinfo.org
MRI Brochure

View the patient brochure on Radiologyinfo.org

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