Diagnostic imaging technology includes a variety of machines and techniques used to create pictures of the structures and activities within your body. Diagnostic imaging includes X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, nuclear medicine scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs. While many minor care areas offer diagnostic imaging services, the most commonly offered technology is the MRI.
An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scan is a diagnostic tool that uses a large magnet in conjunction with radiofrequency waves to examine a number of organs and structures within the body. Emergency medical personnel may use MRI technology to locate unhealthy tissue within the brain, spine, abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart, and joints. Generally speaking, an MRI can be used to diagnose a number of conditions, including torn ligaments, disorders of the eye and inner ear, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, aneurysms, strokes, and tumors.
MRIs are extremely important, as they can be used to detect early signs of disease. In addition, MRIs can also be used to track the progression of a known disease or preexisting condition. For example, an MRI of the heart and blood vessels can be used to assess the size and functioning of heart chambers, structural problems within the aorta, buildup of plaque or blockages, and the extent of damage caused by heart disease or previous heart attack.
Similarly, an MRI of the internal organs may be used to check for abnormalities or tumors of the liver, kidneys, spleen, uterus, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, and testicles. In addition, an MRI of the bones and joints can diagnose joint disorders, disc abnormalities, bone infections, and tumors of the bones.
Here at Newton Medical Center, our imaging center offers MRI services utilizing state-of-the-art technology to help diagnose and treat a number of conditions. Our emergency medical facility is also home to one of the first imaging centers in the state of Georgia to offer breast MRIs. Visit our website or contact us at (888) 507-9146 to set up an appointment.