When your doctor needs to see what is going on inside your body with very fine detail, an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, can be the right imaging solution. With years of experience, Gregory T. Goldstein, MD, and the team at Advantage MRI in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, has built a reputation for providing dependable and professional MRI services. To learn more, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Modern advances in technology have led to the creation of incredibly powerful medical technologies, unleashing a range of amazing diagnostic and treatment options. When you are injured or ill, it is incredibly important for your doctor to be able to accurately and reliably see what is going on inside your body to be able to make a proper diagnosis. Though X-rays and CT scans serve important roles, an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, provides a more highly detailed image of your internal organs, tissues, bones, and ligaments.
MRIs make use of a combination of powerful magnets, radio waves, and advanced computers to create 2D or 3D images, showing body structures that may not otherwise be visible with other imaging options. These immersive images give your doctor incredible power to diagnose your injury or illness or to check to see how well you are responding to treatment.
Because of its advanced imaging capabilities, an MRI can be useful in a wide range of conditions spanning your entire body, from your feet to your head. It is applicable for both injuries as well as illnesses, making it an incredibly valuable medical tool. These conditions include:
In addition, an MRI can be used to check the general health of many body organs, including breasts, ovaries, pancreas, liver, prostate, and many more.
Your doctor will ask you a series of questions prior to the MRI to check your health and whether or not you have any medical implants. During the test, you will receive a contrast dye through a vein to enhance the imaging power of the MRI machine.
You will then lie on your back on a flat table, which will move you partially or fully into a small tunnel, where the imaging is done. You may hear tapping and thumping noises, which is normal. In addition, it may be necessary to hold your breath for brief periods of time during the test in order to ensure an accurate image is taken. The team at Advantage MRI will walk you through the process in detail, making sure that you are comfortable every step of the way.
To learn more about MRIs and how they may be helpful to you, call or schedule your appointment online today.