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Norwich CT MRIs at Neurology Associates, Eastern Connecticut's Neurologists
Neurology Associates has a state of the art, ACR certified, Siemens Avanto 1.5T MRI scanner on site, making diagnostic imaging extremely convenient for patients while providing the highest quality images available.
What is ACR accreditation?
The American College of Radiology is the accrediting body that evaluates the MRI facilities and the staff including the radiologist, to ensure they meet the highest technical and professional standards. Neurology Associates is proud to be ACR certified, so you and your health care team can be sure you are receiving the very best diagnostic information from our facility.
What is an MRI?
A magnetic resonance imaging scanner is a non-invasive imaging tool that uses a combination of magnetic fields and radio frequency pulses to produce detailed images of the body for the purpose of diagnosis. Unlike imaging with a CT scanner, no ionizing radiation is used with an MRI.
Images are then viewed on high-resolution monitors, and because the images are digital they can be transferred to a CD, or sent electronically to other physicians. You can request a copy of your images on CD simply to keep for your own records.
What is an MRI used for?
An MRI is used to produce incredibly detailed images of any part of the body, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Your doctor may order your scan with a contrast agent called gadolinium, which enhances certain abnormalities to improve the diagnostic yield of the images. Gadolinium is not appropriate for every patient or for every scan and your doctor can discuss appropriate use with you.
An MRI is superior to any other imaging study in many disease states including multiple sclerosis, tumors of the brain, spinal cord diseases and compressed nerves to name a few.
How is an MRI performed?
In a standard MRI set-up the patient lies on their back on a gurney which then slides them into the machine. Because the MRI uses magnetic fields whose power decays rapidly as they get further from the body, the bore for the patient is relatively narrow. Some patients who experience claustrophobia require some mild sedation prior to imaging.
In some cases, a coil is placed over the body part being imaged as the coil further focuses the radio waves emitted by the machine and increases the image details.
During the procedure the machine makes a series of thumping sounds and therefore patients are given earplugs, or if requested, headphones to listen to music. Generally scanning requires anywhere from 15-45 minutes or so depending on what your doctor orders.
Patients with any some metallic medical devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators, cochlear implants and certain types of aneurysm clips cannot have MRI scans. Most metallic medical devices don’t prevent the patient from getting MRI scans. If you have any type of implanted device, you must alert your doctor and the MRI technologist so they can ensure it is safe to get your scan.
Some people who work around metal may have gotten metal chips in their eyes, particularly if working with grinders, and on occasion an X-ray of the orbits is done to make sure no metal is present before exposure to the MRI scanner.
For more information see www.radiologyinfo.org