MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A common radiologic test is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which like CT displays a cross-section of the body. MRI is currently a contractual service provided at VMH on Saturdays and Thursday mornings. Due to growing usage, upwards of 44 exams per month, MRI is being given strong consideration as a future in-house service staffed by VMH radiologic technologists. MRI uses powerful magnetic fields instead of radiation and offers the advantage of presenting cross-sectional views from several angles.

MRI technology has emerged as an important non-invasive technique to diagnose abnormalities. MRI provides imaging of the brain, spine, chest, abdomen, extremity and joint. It is a mainstay for diagnosing tumors anywhere in the body.