3.0T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) utilizes a strong magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional images of internal organs and structures. MRI is particularly useful for capturing very detailed images of internal organs and tissues, blood vessels and bone structure. These images provide crucial information to your doctor that helps him or her make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for you. Depending on the exams, intravenous contrast may be given under certain indications to help improve visualization of certain structures.
3.0T MRI is extremely efficient for the fastest, highest quality scans and a greater range of imaging capabilities. Utilizing shorter scan times, the 3T machine maximizes patient comfort without compromising quality. The superb reliability of high-field MRI allows our board-certified radiologists to differentiate between benign and potentially hazardous medical conditions with confidence. This allows your health-care team to provide you with earlier diagnosis and treatment, subsequently leading to more positive outcomes.
What are some common uses of 3.0T MRI?
- The development of the MRI scan represents a huge milestone for the medical world.
- Doctors, scientists, and researchers are now able to examine the inside of the human body in high detail using a non-invasive tool.
- The following are examples in which an MRI scanner would be used:
- anomalies of the brain and spinal cord
- tumors, cysts, and other anomalies in various parts of the body
- breast cancer screening for women who face a high risk of breast cancer
- injuries or abnormalities of the joints, such as the back and knee
- certain types of heart problems
- diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs
- the evaluation of pelvic pain in women, with causes including fibroids and endometriosis
- suspected uterine anomalies in women undergoing evaluation for infertility
How should i prepare for this exam?
There is very little preparation required, if any, before an MRI scan.
As magnets are used, it is critical that no metal objects are present in the scanner. The doctor will ask the patient to remove any metal jewelry or accessories that might interfere with the machine.
A person will probably be unable to have an MRI if they have any metal inside their body, such as bullets, shrapnel, or other metallic foreign bodies. This can also include medical devices, such as cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, and pacemakers.
Individuals who are anxious or nervous about enclosed spaces should tell their doctor. Claustrophobic or anxious patients can be given medication prior to the MRI to help make the procedure more comfortable.
Patients will sometimes receive an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast liquid to improve the visibility of a particular tissue that is relevant to the scan.
What can i expect during this procedure?
Once in the scanner, the MRI technician will communicate with the patient via the intercom to make sure that they are comfortable. They will not start the scan until the patient is ready.
During the scan, it is vital to stay still. Any movement will disrupt the images, much like a camera trying to take a picture of a moving object. Loud noises will come from the scanner, this is perfectly normal. Depending on the images, at times it may be necessary for the person to hold their breath.
If the patient feels uncomfortable during the procedure, they can speak to the MRI technician via the intercom and request that the scan be stopped.
What are the benefits of 3.0t mri?
- A more accurate diagnosis leading to better outcomes
- Shorter examination times; a patient with claustrophobia can receive a brain MRI in as little as fifteen minutes with the 3.0T MRI, reducing the time you spend in an MRI machine, reducing your stress levels
- More detailed images with greater resolution, enables the identification of smaller lesions and anatomical structures
- Detects problems which cannot be seen with less powerful scanners
- Allows more sophisticated imaging procedures
- Has a lower risk of distorted images so lessens the need for repeated scans
- Reduces the need for invasive procedures