MRI

A brand new service we’ve added in our new building. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive medical imaging test that produces detailed images of internal structures in the body, including the organs, bones, muscles, and blood vessels. MRI scanners use a large magnet and radio waves to create these images. No radiation is produced during an MRI exam. These images give your physician important information in diagnosing your medical condition and planning a course of treatment.  MRI is in-house and available five days a week. We understand the importance and need for MRI services. We do not have long wait times for appointments, and no more waiting for weeks to get in, and that’s important when you have a health concern. 

Our new MRI machine offers a wide bore diameter or opening to help alleviate some patients’ feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety. It provides a more open and less confined environment during the scan, enhancing patient comfort and compliance. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty tolerating traditional narrow-bore MRI machines. 

MRI, which stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a medical imaging technique that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to generate detailed images of the body’s internal structures. It is a versatile tool that can be used for various purposes, including:

  1. Diagnostic Imaging: MRI is commonly used to diagnose and evaluate various medical conditions. It provides detailed images of organs, tissues, bones, and blood vessels, helping doctors identify abnormalities, tumors, injuries, infections, and other conditions.

  2. Soft Tissue Evaluation: MRI excels at visualizing soft tissues, such as the brain, spinal cord, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and organs like the heart, liver, kidneys, and reproductive organs. It allows for detailed examination and assessment of these structures, aiding in diagnosing and monitoring diseases and disorders.

  3. Neurological Imaging: MRI is particularly valuable for imaging the brain and nervous system. It can help detect and assess conditions such as strokes, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

  4. Orthopedic Assessment: MRI is often used in orthopedics to evaluate joints, bones, and soft tissues. It helps diagnose and assess injuries like ligament tears, cartilage damage, bone fractures, and joint abnormalities. It aids orthopedic surgeons in planning surgical procedures and monitoring post-operative recovery.

  5. Cancer Detection and Staging: MRI is used to detect and stage various types of cancer. It can provide detailed images of tumors, their size, location, and involvement of nearby tissues or lymph nodes. This information assists oncologists in determining appropriate treatment options and monitoring treatment response.

  6. Vascular Imaging: MRI can visualize blood vessels without needing contrast dyes. It assesses blood flow, detects aneurysms, evaluates blood vessel abnormalities, and plans interventions, such as angioplasty or stent placement.

Call 715-822-7390 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

MR Vantage Orian 1.5T Overview

There are many advantages to the latest technology we now employ, such as better MRI imaging performance and productivity, which means we can do higher-quality exams in less time. This allows doctors to see through the noise and get to the root of your medical issue efficiently and effectively.

Many people think of MRIs as loud noises. The good news is that our new scanner is quieter than traditional models. While there is noise, it is considerably less. The scanner offers increased patient comfort and satisfaction.

We offer this in two main ways: first, the scanner is much shorter than older models, and it features a larger opening – this is a huge plus for claustrophobic patients. Second, we can offer shorter scan times.  Exams that used to take 25 minutes can now be accomplished in about 15.  Virtually all of our MRI exams are done faster and with better quality. This is a significant difference and is very important for our patients who struggle with things like chronic pain and may find it difficult to lie still for long periods of time. As an added bonus, patients are offered music during the exam and a blanket for comfort.

You will need a doctor’s order for an MRI and can schedule an appointment by calling the radiology department at 715-822-7390. MRI appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. You can find us at the new Cumberland Healthcare facility at 1705 16th Avenue in Cumberland—head west from Highway 63 on 48, towards Luck, about ¾ of a mile.  If you know where the golf course is, you won’t have any trouble finding us.