These are scans of the long bones, joints and soft tissue, which include the shoulder, humerus, elbow, ulna, radius, wrist, hand, fingers, hip, femur, knee, tibula, fibula, ankle, foot and toes. There are also special exams called Arthrograms which include injecting MRI contrast into the joint and allows the Radiologist to visualize any tears. Most of these scans are performed due to pain and injury.
These are scans of the brain, entire spine and blood vessels of the head and neck which include the brain, IAC (inner auditory canal), orbits, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. There are also special exams called MRA (Magnetic Resonance Arteriogram) which is performed to visualize the carotid vessels as well as other vessels in the head and MRV (Magnetic Resonance Venography) which allows the Radiologist to view the vessels in the head. Some symptoms that require these scans are CVA (CardioVascular accident), metastatic disease, stroke, back pain, hearing loss, memory loss, decreased vision, pseudo tumor, etc
A breast MRI is performed for patients with dense breast, a strong family history of breast cancer, and BRCA+. Breast implants are also scanned for cancer screening or question of rupture. MRI guided breast biopsy are also performed here and are performed to remove cells from a suspicious area, which is then sent to a laboratory for pathology to determine diagnosis.
There are scans of the abdomen, liver, kidney, pelvis, prostate, and Chest as well as MRA of the chest and kidney and vessels of the legs.
These exams are performed for various reasons including, uncontrolled high blood pressure, kidney and hepatic stones, vascular disease, etc.
We perform pediatric MRI for all body parts. The most common for young persons would be the MRI of the brain due to headaches, visual changes, behavioral changes, delayed puberty.