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Imaging procedures require a physician's order. Contact your provider via MyChart to discuss your options with your primary care provider.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a way to look inside the body without using X-rays. MRI can produce 2- or 3-dimensional images of what's going on inside a patient's body.
At Mercy, patients have access to both the 1.5T as well as the 3T MRI machines. The 1.5T MRI machine is 23 inches or 60 centimeters in size, while the 3T machine is 27¼ inches or 70 centimeters in size, which allows people who are claustrophobic or do not fit in the traditional 1.5T MRI equipment an alternative for their imaging needs.
MRI can lead to early detection and treatment of disease. MRI pictures are extremely precise; so precise that physicians can often get as much information from MRI as they would from looking directly at the tissue. For this reason, MRI has the potential to reduce the number of certain diagnostic surgeries.
MRI uses no X-rays, and the magnetic fields MRI uses aren't known to be harmful.
Because MRI can target specific atoms, it sees right through bone, and clearly defines soft tissue. MRI is especially valuable for helping to diagnose:
MRI may be used to detect cancer in a variety of different organs and tissues.
Images are so precise that many organs, including the liver, spleen, and pancreas and adrenal glands, can be seen in great detail.
MRI can detect injuries, disorders and diseases affecting the tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone marrow, etc.