Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses a super conductive electromagnet, radio waves and sophisticated computer software to generate and enhance images. The result is an unprecedented view of internal organs, body structure and systems. Anatomi Imaging utilizes high-quality hardware and software to provide doctors with the detailed images they need to make an accurate diagnosis. MRI provides excellent images without radiation exposure.
What to expect during your magnetic resonance exam
The technologist will constantly be in touch with you via intercom. You’ll lie down on the MRI table, which will move into the scanner. During the exam, you may feel a slight vibration and hear a series of rhythmic knocking or hammering sounds. This is all normal. Some MRI exams require the injection of a contrast dye, which assists the Radiologist in obtaining optimal images to make a diagnosis. Most exams take about an hour.
Learn how to prepare for your MRI exam.
MRI technology includes specialized technologies and procedures KCI radiologists use to provide the best care available. Please click these options to learn more about each specific technology.
MRI with TRICKS software (for patients with vascular disease)
TRICKS is one of the newest applications introduced by GE to provide the best MRA images available. TRICKS (Time Resolve Imaging of Contrast Kinetics) is an ideal imaging application to identify blood clots and other vascular diseases in the lower extremities.
In the past, it was extremely difficult to obtain the exact timing of a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) exam in order to capture the correct blood flow in the arteries, especially in patients who had poor circulation in the lower legs. Patients could potentially be subjected to additional exams and contrast agents as a result, or physicians could be forced to read exams with inadequate contrast.
TRICKS leverages the powerful processing capabilities of EXCITE since the technique requires about ten times the data volume and 12 times the data processing power of conventional MRA techniques.
TRICKS eliminates the temporal factor of the MRA exam. Just as a video camera records all movement of an event from beginning to end, so can TRICKS acquire all data for an MRA, starting from the time the contrast agent is injected into the patient to the final flow from arteries to veins. This dynamic scan results in higher resolution and contrast while capturing the exact moment physicians need to evaluate.
MRI with Exile HD PROPELLER (for patients with difficulty lying still)
Now it’s possible to get excellent image quality on moving patients. GE’s Excite HD PROPELLER software allows us to “freeze” patient motion and provide useful diagnostic images of pediatric, elderly and confused patients.
Learn what to expect from all types of magnetic resonance exams.
Open MRI (for large patients or those with claustrophobia)
While the normal MRI machine has a doughnut shaped scanner with a table that moves through its center, an open MRI machine has a wide, open-sided space between two separate scanner sections. Another option for claustrophobic patients is to receive a sedative before being scanned by a normal MRI machine. Please notify our office if you are claustrophobic, or think you may be.
Breast MRI allows doctors to see what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery or flatten the breast (as with a mammogram). Breast MRI has no known health hazards. MRI can provide images of dense breasts (as found in younger women) and implants.
What to expect during your breast MRI
You’ll lie on your stomach with both breasts hanging freely into a cushioned recess containing a breast coil receiver. The bed moves into the opening of the scanner, and you’ll be asked to lie still for up to 15 minutes at a time while images are acquired. Total exam time is usually an hour or less.
Cardiac MRI and CT
Cardiac MRI and CT help doctors detect blockages in blood vessels, as well as other conditions that can contribute to heart disease, coronary artery disease, vascular disease and stroke. Cardiac imaging can be a fast, effective alternative to more invasive exploratory procedures.
Learn how to prepare for your MRI exam.
Learn how to prepare for your CT exam.