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What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

Imaging Division

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to cause body tissues in the area being scanned to send out tiny radio signals. Each type of tissue sends out a different signal. When the system converts these signals into a computerized image, the result is a clear, exceptionally detailed "picture" of the area of interest.

The MRI exam is particularly useful in examining the entire, internal organs in the abdomen and pelvis, muscoskeletal system and the brain and spinal cord. These detailed images allow radiologists to detect problems previously unseen with other diagnostic procedures. This can eliminate the need for a more invasive procedure or operation. Borland-Groover Clinic utilizes a brand-new, 3.0T GE Discovery MR750w scanner. This is the most powerful and advanced MRI scanner available.

What can I expect during the exam

A registered MRI technologist will escort you into the magnet room and position you on the table of the scanner. Through our intercom system, you will be able to hear and talk to the technologist who will be monitoring the scan from the computer room. During the exam you will hear a knocking sound from the MRI system that ranges from barely audible to quite noticeable, which is perfectly normal.

We are proud of our knowledgeable friendly staff, our registered technologists, our board-certified, MRI fellowship trained radiologist and the ability to provide patients with the newest and most technologically advanced equipment available, ensuring every patient obtains state-of-the-art imaging .

Will I be comfortable during my MRI?

Our MRI system accommodates more types of patients, including obese patients. The system is designed with the comfort of a wide diameter for patients of all sizes, no matter what study is performed. With an unsurpassed level of expertise at our imaging center you will feel comfortable during and after your MRI. The Borland-Groover Clinic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Suite brings you more comfort with:

  • More headroom, more legroom, more elbowroom
  • Imaging of blood vessels without the need for injection of contrast
  • Images have more detail with diagnostic information provided in shorter scan times
  • Wide bore offers more space
  • Revolutionary image quality
  • More openness for claustrophobic patients

Most MRI procedures are completed within 15 to 45 minutes.

What is an MRI used for?

Magnetic resonance imaging can be used to:
    Diagnose and follow Liver Disease such as:
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Iron Deposition
  • Fatty Liver
  • Liver Mass
    Special Protocols for
  • Liver Mass
  • Renal Mass
  • Pancreas Mass
  • MRCP: Gallbladder Ejection Fraction
  • MR Enterography - Less radiation for Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis patients!!
  • Vascular/Angiography
  • Musculoskeletal

You cannot be examined by MRI if you have any of the following:

  • Pacemaker
  • Aneurysm clips in the brain
  • Inner ear implants
  • Metal fragments in an eye
  • Implanted spinal cord stimulator

A paramagnetic contrast agent (a special "dye" that enhances the image) may be used. This is given intravenously before the exam to highlight certain body parts. If contrast is required for your exam, please tell your physician:

  • If you are pregnant or think you might be
  • If you are breast feeding
  • If you have anemia or any diseases that affect red blood cells
  • If you have asthma or other allergic respiratory disorders
  • If you have a renal condition

What is MRA?

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is MRI study of the blood vessels. MRA produces very detailed 3-D images of the blood vessels throughout the body. It is used to diagnose and plan treatment of many medical conditions and any disorder that affects blood vessels. MRA is completely non-invasive – unlike more risky catheter-based X-ray angiography.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Dr. Mark Carter is a skilled board-certified radiologist that specializes in GI exams.