Providence Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Center
MRI at Providence provides advanced diagnosis and treatment options
The Providence MRI Center offers patients and referring physicians the latest scanning technology, including the latest Open MRI technology, featuring a completely open (bore-less) architecture, with high-field strength for high quality images. “High Field Strength” is the strength of the magnet, measured in “T” (Tesla). High field means higher-quality images and is preferred by radiologists for the most accurate study.
How an MRI scan works
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone, and other internal body structures. Detailed MR images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of diseases.
MRI is used to distinguish pathologic tissue (such as a brain tumor) from normal tissue. MRI uses strong magnetic fields and non-ionizing electromagnetic fields in the radio frequency range, unlike CT scans and traditional X-rays, which both use ionizing radiation.
During an MRI scan, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. Pictures from an MRI scan are digital images that can be saved and stored on a computer for further study. The images also can be reviewed remotely, such as in a clinic or an operating room. In some cases, contrast material, or special dye may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test is usually performed by an MRI technologist. The pictures are usually interpreted by a radiologist. But some physician specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons can also interpret an MRI scan.
A typical MRI procedure averages 30 minutes or longer, depending on the type of study.