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Magnetic Resonance Imaging at GWIC

Magnetic resonance imaging, which is also known as MRI, is a diagnostic imaging test that is non-invasive, pain-free and critical for accurately diagnosing and treating an array of medical conditions. Physicians use MRI to diagnose and evaluate treatment options for a variety of medical conditions.

The MRI scanner is comprised of a complex system including the high-resolution magnet, which creates the magnetic field, pulse sequences created by radio frequency waves that transmit the images, and a sophisticated computer which is operated by highly trained radiologic technologists. Combined, these tools and technologies take pictures of parts of the human body that would otherwise be impossible or difficult to visualize.

Magnetic resonance imaging is the technological modality which capture images of the body’s soft tissues and organs, including these anatomical systems:

    Cardiovascular
    Gastrointestinal
    Central Nervous
    Musculoskeletal
    Genitourinary

MRI scans provide radiologists with incredibly detailed and clear images of internal structures of the human body that otherwise would not be visible using other imaging methods or available in all three planes to provide a 3d representation.

The images provided by MRIs are more detailed than those created from X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans. This allows physicians to make better decisions about diagnoses, treatment options, and the efficacy of treatments.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Indications

Physicians request MRIs for a variety of reasons, including:

    To rule out infection or the presence of tumors
    To get more detailed images of the anatomy
    For continued monitoring and follow-up after treatment
    For image guidance for biopsies and surgical planning
    For evaluation after other tests have been inconclusive
    To provide functional information especially in the brain
    To image the vascular system non-invasively

Magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful tool in helping physicians properly diagnose and treat a variety of conditions that affect the entire body and is used for the following typical clinical MRI exams:

Greater Waterbury Imaging Center specializes in MRI scans for patients in the greater Waterbury, CT area. For people who have claustrophobia, the scanner at Greater Waterbury Imaging Center is a wide-open bore magnet. We are committed to providing you with easy access to care, a comfortable exam and fast, accurate results. Physicians and patients throughout our community depend on us to provide exceptional MRI services. GWIC is located on the campus of Waterbury Hospital, adjacent to the Emergency Department. We have our own private, gated parking area for the convenience of our patients. If you are looking for an experienced and professional facility to have your MRI scan, contact us for more information or to set up an appointment for your patients, call 203-573-7674.

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