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KSF Orthopaedic Center offers on-site MRI examinations for the convenience of their patients. MRI, short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, has become an important diagnostic tool for orthopaedists, since it allows doctors to see in great detail both soft tissue, such as tendons and muscles, as well as hard tissue structures like bones. Unlike an X-ray the MRI in no way utilizes radiation.
With a MRI, it is possible to view internal structures in thin cross-sections or "slices," or in three dimensions, permitting a doctor to view an injury or disease condition from many angles. The information gathered from MRI examinations allows doctors to develop very accurate and effective treatment plans, because it takes much of the "guesswork" out of the diagnostic process.
MRI works by utilizing a strong Magnetic field along with specific radio frequency to create a digital image showing superb soft tissue resolution. Patients may have a contrast material injected into their arm towards the end of their exam to allow for pre and post sequences to be run. As the magnet scans the target area, it sends information to a computer monitored by a specially trained technologists. At the end of the procedure, which may require an hour or slightly longer, the information is compiled by the computer and the images are printed out for your doctor to view.
MRI is a safe, painless and non-invasive way for doctors to gather very accurate information about injuries and degenerative conditions that exist deep within the body. In the past, the only one hundred percent certain way to make such diagnoses was through exploratory surgery. Now, thanks to the wonders of MRI, doctors can make very precise diagnoses with very little discomfort for the patient.
Because the satisfaction and comfort of their patients are very important to the physicians of KSF Orthopaedic Center, they have elected to offer the new "open" MRI machine. Open MRI exams are especially good for patients who are uncomfortable being in enclosed spaces, and for larger patients who may have trouble fitting into a closed MRI machine.
A doctor's prescription is required for an MRI scan. Your own physician is the best judge of whether or not you may benefit from an MRI examination.