Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Angiogram (MRI or MRA) is one of the most versatile and commonly used imaging modalities in the industry, and it's also one of the most important. Doctors use MRI images to examine soft tissues in the body and identify potential problems before they can become severe.
Medical Imaging of Grapevine is an imaging facility owned and operated by board-certified radiologists. We are an industry-leading company that is not affiliated with a hospital, meaning that we can offer a wider range of imaging modalities for practically any condition at a lower cost than a hospital-run imaging facility can provide.
MRI and MRA scans give vital information about internal body structures like the spine, joints, brain and other internal organs. MRI can be used on practically any area of the body, helping radiologists identify abnormalities like tumors, degenerative diseases, serious injuries and infections. This can allow patients to receive a more effective treatment plan based on a deeper understanding of their condition, which can lead to more positive health outcomes in the future.
During an MRI, the patient is placed on their back on a movable exam table that slides into a tubular machine. The patient is instructed not to move, as movement can affect the images produced. When the machine turns on, it creates a strong magnetic field that allows radiologists to take cross-sectional photos of the area in question.
MRIs and related imaging procedures can be highly effective in providing a very clear, detailed picture of a body's internal composition, allowing doctors to identify and treat various conditions. Here is a summary of the different types of magnetic resonance procedures and the basic information they can provide to medical teams:
MRA is used to study blood vessels in the head, neck (the carotid arteries), chest, abdomen and pelvis to look for cerebral or aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, vertebral artery or carotid dissection, vertebrobasilar insufficiency, blockage, and stenosis of the blood vessels.
Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) uses MRI technology to examine the pathology of the pancreas, the pancreatic duct and bile ducts in order to reveal tumors, strictures and other abnormalities in this area.
MRIs of the brain are standard protocol for stroke (CVA), concussions and cerebral conditions including brain tumors and Multiple Sclerosis.
Images of the Cervical Spine are taken using MRI imaging because this area has to be studied very carefully to evaluate for spinal trauma, disc herniation and nerve root impingement, for example.
Used to assess sprains, strains and joint trauma, as well as basic joint pathology, by studying internal derangement in the area.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, we understand that no medical imaging is routine for our patients, even if they are as common as one of the various MRI procedures. When you use us for your imaging needs, you'll receive world-class treatment and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're working with leaders in their field at the front line of the regional industry for a fraction of the price as you'd be paying at a hospital-associated facility.
For more information on our facility and the process of scheduling an MRI, contact us Medical Imaging of Grapevine today.