When the soft tissues of the body must be examined, doctors and other health care professionals turn to a magnetic resonance imaging scan, also known as an MRI. This scan gives information about the spine, joints, brain and other internal organs, including ligaments, bones, muscles and other tissues inside the body. With an MRI Brain, MRI of Abdomen/Liver, MRCP, MRA, and MRI Joints Radiologists can identify injuries, infection, tumor, degenerative disease, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), concussion and help create a more accurate, successful treatment plan.
At Mansfield Medical Imaging, we provide medical imaging independent of a hospital affiliation, and we have worked for over 15 years in the Arlington/Mansfield area to create an MRI imaging center that provides, affordable care to the people in the area. We work with insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare and patients to ensure that all patients have access to the imaging and diagnostic testing they need to remain healthy at a significant lower cost compared to our local competition.
The end goal of the MRI is to obtain detailed pictures of the internal organs and structures of the body. Because the body is made up of 95 percent hydrogen or water atoms that typically spin randomly, placement in the MRI machine forces the atoms to spin in the same direction. This is because the machine's magnetic field is 8,000 times stronger than the earth's. Once the atoms are all aligned and moving the same way, the machine uses radio waves and magnetic fields to take pictures of the anatomy in slices. In just 30 to 60 minutes, doctors have a detailed, cross-sectional view of the body that provides greater insight for diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.
During the exam, the patient lies on his or her back on the exam table and is slowly moved into the opening and asked to remain still until the exam is over. As the patient, you are asked to relax as the machine works to take accurate images of your body. There are times when you may require contrast with your imaging test. This means that your veins are injected with a dye that provides better accuracy to the reading.
Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) is used to evaluate blood vessels to diagnose, Aneurysm, Stenosis, Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease, Dissection. MRA Head is used for diagnosis of cerebral aneurysm is patients with intractable headache. MRA Carotids is used to evaluate for stenosis and occlusion of the carotid arteries. MRA Carotids also evaluates the vertebral arteries for vertebrobasilar insufficiency. MRA of the abdomen evaluates renal artery stenosis.
MRCP is used to evaluate the bile ducts and the pancreatic ducts to evaluate for an obstructing gallstone or to diagnose a tumor in these ducts non-invasively and as an alternative to ERCP.
MRI Brain is the diagnostic test choice for Stroke or Cerebrovascular accident. It is also used for diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MRI Brain is also used for Head/Brain Concussion.
MRI Spine is used to assess disc herniation, nerve root impingement and also to look for spinal cord injury and compromise in patients with spine trauma.
MRI Joints assess internal derangement in and around a joint, gives information about strains/sprains or tears of the ligaments and tendons around a joint. Most known use is to look for Labral tears, Rotator Cuff Tears, Meniscal Tears, ACL or PCL tears. It also evaluates bony contusions.
At Mansfield Medical Imaging, our radiologists are all Board Certified; Fellowship trained and are prepared to answer any questions you have about the type of testing you will undergo. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology, and all our technicians are trained and certified in their specific fields. You can rest easy that you are getting quality care and detailed imaging for a fraction of the price you would pay at the hospital.
At MMI, we are aware that patients have a variety of financial situations, and some have no insurance at all. We work with you to make sure that you aren't sacrificing care because of your budget. Call us today or contact us online to learn more about MRI imaging in Mansfield.