MRI & MRA (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed pictures of organs and parts inside the body. In many cases, MRI is used to obtain further information from a previous X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. MRI sometimes detects a problem that does not show up with other imaging methods.

MRI is particularly helpful for diagnosing problems with the eyes, ears, heart, and circulatory system, as well as problems in joints, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is also helpful in identifying infections and inflammatory conditions or to rule out problems such as tumors. Most exams take 45-60 minutes each.

The MRI machine looks similar to a CT scanner; however, the tunnel is more enclosed. Patients must be able to lie still for the duration of the exam and tolerate close quarters.

Breast Coil

Sidney Health Center implemented the use of MRI Breast Coil imaging for breast health in addition to offering mammography imaging.  Some women, who have dense breasts or have a higher than average lifetime risk for breast cancer, may be referred to have MRI of the breast, which captures multiple images to create detailed pictures. A breast MRI is used with a mammogram or other breast-imaging test — not as a replacement for a mammogram.

Sidney Health Center is American College of Radiology (ACR) Accredited in Breast MRI.


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