What Is An MRI? Bellevue Specialists Provide Answers
They are commonly referred to on TV dramas, movies, or even by your own doctor. Many though, are still unclear about what an MRI is. In Bellevue and surrounding areas, residents have the specialists at Bellevue Bone and Joint to provide answers to commonly asked questions such as:
1. What does MRI stand for? — It is an acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2. What is an MRI? — It is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians to look at the soft tissue inside the body along with bones and joints, and to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
3. How does an MRI work? — This exam uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The pictures can be viewed on a computer screen and transmitted electronically as needed.
4. What are the benefits of an MRI? — It provides more detailed information than an X-ray can, and does so without the concern of radiation. This means a safe, painless procedure, allowing for a clearer evaluation and more accurate diagnosis.
5. How long does an MRI take? — The exam generally takes 45 minutes to an hour, with results usually made available within a week.
6. What happens if I am claustrophobic? — At Bellevue Bone and Joint, the MRI unit is a state-of-the-art open extremity unit, virtually eliminating the claustrophobia associated with traditional MRIs. The only part of the body placed in the magnet is the body part being scanned (ie: the ankle). It is specifically designed for extremity imaging, which includes knees, wrists and ankles. It is one of the most comfortable and least confining MRI systems available.
Bellevue Bone and Joint also offer numerous other services to clients including physiotherapy, Viscosupplementation, casting and splinting, and varying types of surgery. If you are in need of any of these procedures including an MRI, contact Bellevue Bone and Joint, the leading orthopedic surgeons for sports medicine, arthroscopy, spine and total joint replacement.