Brain MRI (normal)Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, does not use x-rays. It involves the use of a magnetic field and radio waves to provide detailed images of internal organs and tissues. MRI provides clear pictures of soft tissue structures near and around bones and is usually the imaging choice for viewing joints, the spine and soft tissues of all extremities. MRI is also the best method for examination of the brain for certain diseases such as stroke, tumors, and Knee MRImultiple sclerosis.

MRI images show small tears and injuries of tendons, ligaments and muscles which are not identifiable in standard x-rays. MRIs help physicians identify degenerative disorders including arthritis, deterioration of joint surfaces and herniated discs. Spinal cord injury, tumors and infections can also be identified by MRI.


Musculoskeletal MRI

RPI has specialized physicians who read Musculoskeletal MR scans. Musculoskeletal radiologists view images of the knee, shoulder, spine, hips, ankle, wrists, hands.


MRI, showing brain tumor (meningioma)RPI has specialized physicians who read MRI scans of the head and spine. These neuroradiologists use MRI to locate and evaluate tumors, strokes and other abnormalities and chronic diseases in the brain and spine and to evaluate the integrity of the spinal cord after trauma. Disease of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis are also identified and evaluated by MRI. MRI also identifies abnormalities of dementia, diseases of the pituitary gland and tissue abnormalities in diseases of the eyes or inner ear.

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MRA/MR Angiography

MR-Angiogram, showing arterial supply to the brainMRA is a non-invasive technique using MRI to image blood vessels of any body part, most commonly it is used for vessels of the head and neck and is used for the diagnosis of heart disorders, stroke and blood vessel disease. It is an alternative to conventional angiography and is used for detection of plaques and stenoses or narrowing in the blood vessel. This procedure is completed in a less invasive manner than traditional angiography which results in less discomfort and risk at a lower cost.

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Open MRI

New state-of-the art high field MRIs have significantly reduced the scanning time for MRI studies and significantly reduced the claustrophobic reactions. An open MR is available for claustrophobic and large framed patients when needed. This is available at the Miami Valley Hospital, Fairfield Commons location.

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Breast MRI

MRI appears to have a role in detection and management of some cases of breast cancer. Breast malignancies typically have increase blood flow. This increased blood flow can be demonstrated by injecting contrast agent and imaging the breast with MRI. The abnormality will be brighter and more intense on the image. MRI has also been the most accurate exam for evaluating breast implants for possible complications or rupture.

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