An MRI Scan (magnetic resonance imaging) provides doctors a detailed look at the soft tissues of the body. An MRI can be used to capture images of your brain, spine, joints, or other internal organs. It assists providers in understanding possible injuries and abnormalities to nerves, muscles, ligaments, bones, and other tissues.
Life Sciences Partners uses high-field 1.5T scanners at both locations. This particular scanner is considered industry standard and has the ability to image all parts of the body. Each scan is painless and can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes from start to finish.
MRA Scans (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram), is a type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan that uses a magnetic field and radio wave energy pulses in order to provide images of blood vessels inside the body.
MRA’s are useful for finding problems with the blood vessels that may be causing reduced blood flow. MRA’s often look for aneurysms, clots, or calcium deposits in blood vessels, as well as the narrowing (stenosis) of the blood vessels leading to the lungs, legs, or kidneys.
An MRI machine is used to generate the MRA scan.
An X-ray (x-radiation) is a form of electromagnetic radiation. The x-ray machine emits individual x-ray particles called photons, which pass through the body. Dense structures, like bones and metal, block most of the x-ray particles and will appear white on the film. Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear different shades of gray.
An arthrogram is a series of images of a joint after an injection of a contrast medium. This procedure is performed using a fluoroscopy to guide the placement of the needle into the joint and inject the contracts medium. When the contrast is injected, the inner lining of the joint structures appears bright white on an arthrogram, allowing radiologists to assess the function of the joint.
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