Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as MRI, is a form of medical imaging, just like an X-ray or a CAT scan. MRIs utilize magnets and radiowaves to create an image of something in your body. MRIs have several advantages over other forms of medical imaging and a wide variety of uses, including:
Evaluating brain injuries: MRIs can detect both blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid flow, making them useful for detecting brain trauma, including strokes, bleeds, and swelling. Additionally, other brain diseases can be seen on an MRI, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and more.
Examining the heart and other vasculature: MRIs can be used to watch the heart contract and relax, allowing your physician to check for heart defects or blockages. They can even ascertain the level of damage to the heart following a heart attack. Additionally, MRIs can detect venous disease in other areas of the body, such as weakening or narrowing blood vessel walls.
Looking at tissue surrounded by bone: While X-rays are great for examining bone, MRIs are used to look for soft tissue damage, especially in the spine and other joints. MRIs can also be used to look for arthritis and osteomyelitis.
Breast examinations: Although the mammogram has been the standard in breast cancer diagnosis, MRI scans can provide further information about how much of the breast has been affected by cancer. Additionally, MRI can be used to detect the spread of cancer into other organs or surrounding tissues.
At Advanced Medical Imaging, we specialize in MRI scans, CT scans, mammograms, and much more. We offer all of the services mentioned above, including breast MRI and vascular imaging. To make an appointment at one of our many Denver-area locations, including Golden, and Louisville, call (303) 647-6504.