The magnetic resonance imaging lab at Chester River Hospital Center is a valuable tool in the diagnosis of cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. An MRI is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure which uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide extremely clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.
Organs of the chest and abdomen, including the lungs, liver, kidney and abdominal vessels, can also be examined in great detail with an MRI, enabling your physician to diagnose and evaluate tumors and functional disorders.
In addition, an MRI can be an effective tool in examining spinal and joint problems, and are commonly used by our orthopedic surgeons to diagnose sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist.
MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) is a non-invasive imaging technique that is used to determine the extent of damage that may have been caused by a variety of cardiac or vascular conditions. MRA is a sophisticated diagnostic imaging technique that is performed using the same equipment as an MRI and uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce pictures of the regions of your blood vessels designated by your physician. MRAs are more advanced than the common X-ray, in that the images produced are more detailed.
An MRA allows physicians to determine the extent of the damage caused by a heart attack, or progressive heart disease. It is also used in detecting aneurysms, constriction of arteries and veins, allowing for early treatment that could end up being life-saving.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure which uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide extremely clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.
MRI can help your physician look closely at the structures and function of the heart and major vessels quickly and thoroughly, without the risks associated with more invasive procedures. Using MRI, your physician can examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease. MRI can also detect the build-up of plaque and blockages in the blood vessels, making it an invaluable tool for detecting and evaluating coronary artery disease.