MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

MRI Machine in the Medical Imaging Department at Pella Regional

MRI uses a magnetic field, radio frequency waves and water molecules in the patient's body to create detailed images of the soft tissue structures such as muscles, cartilage, tendons, organs and structures of the brain and spine. MRI helps the doctor diagnose or rule out certain conditions.

The opening of the Siemens Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI at Pella Regional is larger than traditional MRI scanners, while still obtaining the highest quality images. This means more head room, leg room and elbow room. The short length of the scanner allows various tests to be completed with the patient's head outside the scanner. The additional space allows claustrophobic or anxious patients to be more relaxed throughout the examination.

The average MRI exam lasts anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes. The images are then interpreted by a radiologist and a report is sent to the ordering physician. In addition to magnetic resonance angiography and magnetic resonance venography, areas that can be examined by MRI include:

  • Brain
  • Cervical spine
  • Thoracic spine
  • Upper extremities and joints
  • Lower extremities and joints
  • Lumbar spine
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Temporomandibular joints

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