Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a radiation-free, usually non-invasive way to produce high-quality pictures inside the body from multiple planes. MRI picks up the body’s radiofrequency signals and converts them into three-dimensional images.
The patient is asked a series of questions by the MRI scheduler to ensure (s)he is a candidate for MRI, before being directed to lie on a table within a large circular tunnel.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center offers an “open-bore” MRI. It boasts a bore opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter, and has almost 1 foot of free space between a patient’s body and the magnet. The goal of this design is to make patients who may be larger and/or claustrophobic feel more at ease.
The Siemens Espree 1.5T MRI gives patients greater comfort without compromising the quality of the MRI exam. In fact, it enables a higher level of image quality not possible before in an open MRI.
For virtually all exams, the patient’s feet go in first and his/her head remains outside of the machine. When a head exam is necessary, patients have an open view and generous headroom, with at least one foot space above your nose. Also, because the table adjusts up and down, starting and finishing exams is as easy as lying down and getting up from your sofa at home.
To view a list of current procedural terminolgy regarding MRI of the ankle or foot please view the following Quick Reference(PDF).
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