Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly called an MRI, is an imaging test that uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the inside of your body. MRIs can help diagnose and even treat some diseases, including tumors, infection, injury and blood vessel disease. 

Do you feel claustrophobic?

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Maybe an open MRI is for you. Learn more about our Philips High Field Open MRI.

MRI Expertise at Fletcher Allen 

Our team of radiologists and technologists work together to provide you with the best possible experience. Our special training includes:

  • Our staff technologists who perform MRIs have credentials (or are eligible for them) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • All radiologists who interpret MRI results have completed imaging fellowships specific to MRI. That means, they spent an extra year studying this field to become experts. 

What to Expect During an MRI

MRIs provide different information than other imaging tests such as CT scans and ultrasounds. Sometimes, an MRI can show abnormalities not detected by these other tests.

During an MRI you lay on a motorized moveable table that slides into the scanner. The MRI scanner is a long, body length tube with two openings at either end. For patients who are claustrophobic, large or pregnant, an open MRI [LINK TO: Open MRI] may be an option. 

We offer several advanced forms of MRI, including:

  • 3T MRI Technology
  • Functional MRI

3T MRI Technology 

We use the latest equipment in MRI technology, including the 3 Tesla (3T) Philips MRI scanner. This machine takes higher-quality pictures at faster speeds than most MRI scanners. The benefits of the 3T scanner include:

  • Scanning more than one area of the body or group of organs 
  • Analyzing blood flow of stroke victims and identifies regions of the brain at risk
  • Provides very high-quality and detailed pictures of tiny structures in the body, such as blood vessels in the brain and nerves
  • Improves treatment options by allowing our radiologists to study the size and thickness of heart chambers and calculate damage caused by heart attack or heart disease 

Functional MRI 

Functional MRI (fMRI) is an advanced procedure that measures how your brain responds to sight, sound or finger tapping. We have a dedicated functional MRI lab to make sure our patients get the biggest benefit from this technology. 

Functional MRI is used mostly in research. Your doctor may also use it to:

  • Determine how risky brain surgery or other invasive procedures may be
  • Determine how your brain is functioning
  • Plan for brain surgery or radiation therapy
  • Detect the effects of brain injury, brain tumors or stroke
  • Detect Alzheimer’s or other brain diseases

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