An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) provides physicians with sharp, clear views of a patient's body. It often eliminates the need for costly, invasive surgery. MRI can help diagnose certain diseases and provide vital early detection of many medical problems.

Looking at internal body structures, it plainly shows to the trained eyes the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissues. Physicians are able to view organs, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bones, nerves and even blood flow. MRI is normally used to image the brain, spinal column, breast, abdomen, pelvic region and joints. Depending on the number of images the physician has requested, the total exam is usually between 30-40 minutes.

The Imaging Center is equipped with two elite MRI units: the MAGNETOM Espree 1.5T and the MAGNETOM Verio 3.0T.

The MRI units features much larger and shorter bores (tunnel) than past units. This shorter length allows for more than 60% of exams to be completed with the patient's head outside of the bore, easing issues of claustrophobia. And with a diameter of nearly 2.3 feet, patients no longer feel nose-to-nose with the unit.

Both MRI units are also equipped with TIM (total imaging matrix) technology, an advanced coil system that allows exams to be set up and performed more quickly. With TIM, there's no need for you to be repositioned during an exam, making it possible for the exam to be completed in half the time.

The powerful Verio 3T (Tesla) magnet, whose strength is about 60,000 times as strong as the Earth's magnetic field, is especially valuable for MRI angiography, abdominal imaging, and neuro/spine MRI.