Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a method of obtaining detailed images of the internal body structures without the use of ionizing radiation. This is accomplished by placing the patient in a magnetic field which produces harmless radio waves when the magnetic field changes. These signals are then picked up by sensitive sensors and transferred to a computer that produces detailed images of the body based on the characteristics of the tissue. This technique is now being used as a primary tool by trained radiologists for diagnosis with no known side effects following an MRI examination.
Atlas Diagnostic Imaging, one of the best MRI center in St. Louis and Fairview Heights, focuses on patient comfort and convenience as much as image quality and best medical practices. We acquired MRI machines that are state-of-the-art in image quality, speed, and comfort, that is the reason why we are leading MIR diagnostic imaging center in St. Louis and Fairview Heights.
Our GE Aera Wide Open Gantry MRI offers a larger area for the patient combined with a shorter and well-lit interior that provides a more comfortable experience. This machine produces less noise and, coupled with noise-cancelling headphones, allows the patient to listen to their choice of music. This machine offers claustrophobic patients a more successful MRI experience, all thanks to its open gantry style and shorter scanning time that decrease anxiety substantially.
MRIs are the diagnostic imaging technique of choice when it comes to matters of the brain. Not only do MRIs not carry the same radiation exposure risks associated with CT scans, but they also produce a clearer image of the brain’s delicate structures. MRIs are also recommended for imaging of the brainstem and other complex cranial structures where other imaging procedures are not as effective. Generally speaking, if the brain or spine is involved, an MRI will be the exam of choice.