The Institute maintains its own American College of Radiology accredited MRI center, staffed by specialized neurologists and a neuro-radiologist trained in understanding brain tumors, herniated discs, signs of multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.
The MRI procedure is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation of the following conditions:
- Traumatic Injuries
- Eye Abnormalities
- Spine Diseases
- Tumor Detection
- Liver and other Abdominal Diseases
- Knee and Shoulder Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Facial/Neck Abnormalities
- Cardiac Malformations
- Blood Flow and Vessel Disorders
MRI is now commonly used as the primary diagnostic tool in many neurological disorders.
MRI is a way to see the brain, spinal cord, parts of the nervous system, and other parts of the body. MRI has revolutionized the practice of neurology, because this technique can show “lesions,” or abnormal tissue, in a way never before possible.
With MRI, neurologists don’t have to “guess” anymore at the location of abnormalities, such as brain tumors, herniated discs, or multiple sclerosis plaques, because the MRI can demonstrate them with such accuracy.
The Imaging Center at Consultants in Neurology is equipped with a large bore magnet, capable of scanning even claustrophobic and large patients in comfort.
How MRI Works
MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of x-rays. The technique uses the physical properties of magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to generate images of the soft tissues within the body in any plane. Various tissue characteristics are revealed through this process and translated into different contrast levels on the image.
The procedure typically lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of information required by the ordering physician. The patient easily can be seen by the technologist at all times, and can talk with the technologist during the exam. In certain instances, a contrast agent may be administered to enhance the study. No special preparation is required prior to an MR exam.
Because of the potential harmful effects associated with the interaction of a magnetic field and metal objects previously inserted into the body, a patient should check with his or her physician or MRI technologist if any brain, ear, eye or other surgeries have been performed prior to the exam, or if any of the following are present:
- Neuro-stimulator (Tens-unit)
- Metal Implants
- Aneurysm Clips
- Surgical Staples
- Implanted Drug Infusion Device
- Foreign Metal Objects in the Eye
- Shrapnel or Bullet Wounds
- Permanent Eyeliner
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a set (or a “sequence”) of films/pictures run on MRI equipment that is able to show blood flow in the arteries and veins of the body, without injection of dye. MRA can show whether the arteries supplying blood to the brain are open. It has been a major advance in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The process of administering an MRA is very similar to an MRI.
Location of the Imaging Center
The Imaging Center is located at 10 East Cambridge Circle, Suite 115 (just off I-35 at the Cambridge Circle Exit, in the KSMO TV building.)