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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Breast Magnetic Resonnance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the body uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. MRI scans can show the difference between normal and diseased tissue, especially when it comes to images of organs and soft tissues of the body.Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Why Is MRI Important?

It’s used to detect a variety of conditions when it comes to your health problems, including problems of the brain, spinal cord, skeleton, chest, lungs, abdomen, pelvis, wrists, hands, ankles, and feet.

In Some Cases, It Can Provide Clear Images of Body Parts That Can’t Be Seen as Well With an X-Ray, Cat Scan, or Ultrasound.

  • MRI is superior when it comes to imaging of the brain, the spine, the soft tissue of joints, and the inside of bones; especially when it comes to detecting brain and spinal cord tumors, traumatic brain injury, developmental anomalies, inner ear problems, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, infection, causes of headaches, neck and back pain for herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arthritis etc.
  • MRI upper and lower extremities such as: Shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hips, femur, tibia and fibula, knee, foot and ankle. Unlike other diagnostic imaging tests, an MRI uses special imaging techniques that can show the muscles, ligaments and tendons, nerve roots, and cartilage with precision.

Good Samaritan Specializes in MRI Body Imaging –

  • Scans that include the abdominal and Pelvic organs: attention to the Liver, Spleen, Pancreas, Kidneys, Female Organs, Bladder & Rectum etc.
  • MRI Prostate Imaging - for elevated PSA test, screening for prostate cancer and detecting prostate lesions for biopsy and therapy planning.
  • MRI Breast Imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast — or breast MRI — is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast.
  • A breast MRI usually is performed after you have a biopsy that's positive for cancer and your doctor needs more information about the extent of the disease.
  • For some people, a breast MRI may be used with mammograms as a screening tool for detecting breast cancer. That group of people includes women with a high risk of breast cancer, who have a very strong family history of breast cancer or carry a hereditary breast cancer gene mutation or you have very dense breast tissue, and mammograms didn't detect a prior breast cancer.
  • MRI Breast Implant Imaging - is used for a suspected leak or rupture of a breast implant.

MRA – MRI Angiography - is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body's blood vessels. For MRI Angiograms you will be given an IV contrast to be injected into your veins to highlight and evaluate your blood vessels. Gadolinium contrast media, (sometimes called a MRI contrast media, agents or 'dyes') are chemical substances used in (MRI) scans. When injected into the body, gadolinium contrast medium enhances and improves the quality of the MRI images (or pictures).

Doctors Use MRA to Examine Blood Vessels in Key Areas, Including The:

  • Brain – cerebral arteries
  • Neck – carotid arteries
  • Chest- thoracic aorta, Brachial, Subclavian etc.
  • Abdomen (such as the aorta , kidneys and liver)
  • Pelvic vessels – common iliac, femoral etc...
  • Legs and feet – femoral, popliteal, tibia etc.
  • Arms and hands

Doctors Use MRA To:

  • Identify abnormalities, such as aneurysms, in the aorta, both in the chest and abdomen, or in other arteries.
  • Detect atherosclerotic (plaque) disease in the carotid artery of the neck, which may limit blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke.
  • Identify a small aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation (AVM)—an abnormal connection between blood vessels—inside the brain or elsewhere.
  • Identify dissection or splitting in the aorta in the chest or abdomen or its major branches.
  • Detect plaque disease that has narrowed the arteries to the legs.
  • Evaluate stenosis and obstructions of vessels.

Good Samaritan has a 1.5T wide bore magnet that is ACR accredited. All MRI technologists are Board Certified.

Services:

  • Prostate (including UroNav fusion for image-guided prostate biopsies)
  • Breast
  • Rectal
  • Brain and Spine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Body (Abdomen, MRCP, Pelvis)
  • MRI Arthrograms

About Our MRI Scanner:

MRI Scanner at Good Samaritan was designed for patient’s comfort in mind; we have a state-of-the-art large 1.5T open bore imaging scanner which is one of the widest and shortest in length on the market today. Our MRI is spacious and offers much more head space and plenty of all around room for people of all sizes; weighing up to 400 to 550 pounds depending on body part being scanned.

MRI at Good Samaritan Produces the Highest Quality Images For Your Diagnostic Confidence That Any Referring Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physicians’ Assistant Would Demand and Any Patient Would Respect.

  • We are proud to have a MRI Technologist staff that has a combined total of over 120 years of experience. They are all Board Certified Registered Radiologic Technologists that have their Advanced MRI Board certifications and special MRI safety training in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

MRI Department Hours:

  • Monday through Friday - 6:00am to 8:00pm
  • On call for emergency scans after 8:00pm until 6:00am the next morning.
  • On call 24 hours for emergency scans on Weekends and Holidays.

If you have any questions about MRI please feel free to call the department at 812-885-3946 and one of our staff members will help in assisting your needs.

We’re Here to Help You

At Good Samaritan, we are your teammates in health and wellness. We are committed to providing our patients with the best, safest care possible. When you come in for an imaging test, our staff will guide you through the entire process, making sure you know everything you can do to prepare for your test in order to achieve the most accurate results.

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