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Musculoskeletal MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is imaging of the various muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints for diseases and other pathologies that could be causing pain. These images are great for looking at various conditions a patient may be experiencing such as sharp pain, pain during certain movements, or chronic pain within a joint that has been there for years.
MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of these structures that other modalities have a difficult time imaging. This type of imaging is also able to looks at bones, tissues, and nerves within the body. This allows for masses under the skin to be looked at, to see if there’s a pinched nerve such as carpal tunnel, and fractures to be analyzed.
This MRI test is most common used to diagnose sports-related injuries, such as strains and tears of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. A Musculoskeletal MRI can be conducted on any part of the musculoskeletal system, but usually the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle are looked at. While the most commonly looked at injuries are ACL, meniscus, or rotator cuff tears which are easy to diagnose with MRI.
Musculoskeletal MRI Reasons:
- Joint problems such as arthritis.
- Soft Tissue Masses
- Car Accident
- Numbness or tingling
- Tennis / golfers elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tear (Shoulder)
- Meniscus Tear (Knee)
- ACL Tear (Knee)
- Labrum Tear
- Developmental Abnormalities
Musculoskeletal MRI Areas Looked At:
- Blood Vessels
- Joint Spaces
How We Work?
Our technologists will provide the best experience possible by ensuring you are comfortable and prepared for your examination. They will be with you every step of the way while getting the diagnostic images you and your doctor need.
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During The MRI Scan
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Our MRI machine has an open design to make patients as comfortable as possible. Our technologists are experienced and caring and will talk you through the exam and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We can also provide headphones and you always have the option to hit a a call button if you need anything.
MRI’s can take between 15 to 25 minutes depending on the area being scanned and based on the number of images being taken. When you schedule with us we can inform you of how long your scan will take.
An IV is only needed if the MRI is ordered with an IV contrast which is needed if the radiologist recommends it or if there is a clinical indication for it. Otherwise the only other time is if a patient is getting an IV sedation because of anxiety with an MRI Scan.
Before your MRI appointment, you can follow your daily routine and meal plan as normal and take prescribed medication. Make sure all metal is removed from the body. This includes piercing, jewelry, etc. The MRI technologist will show you to a private changing room that contains a secure locker so you personal belongings are kept safe. You will be given a pair of shorts and a tee shirt so that you will be covered and comfortable.
In most cases patients with metal implants such as hip or knee replacements can get an MRI. However, if a patient has metal clips or a pacemaker then they can’t receive an MRI. Our team will be sure to evaluate you before your MRI and you can always give us a call if you have questions.
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Please feel welcome to contact our friendly reception staff with any general or medical enquiry. Our doctors will receive or return any urgent calls.