Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used by doctors to visualize internal structures of the body in detail. MRI is a unique technology which makes use of the property of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to image nuclei of atoms inside the body. This technology is often an integral part of the evaluation and management of neurological patients, as the images generated by MRI can create more detailed images of the nervous system than is possible with Xrays or CT scanning. In contrast to conventional imaging, there is no radiation from MRI. During an MRI, the technician will request that the patient lay still to facilitate the highest quality study.
MRI was first used by neurologists in the mid-1980s and has advanced considerably since that time. Use of MRI in clinical neurology has led to superior diagnostic accuracy compared with the past. MRI is commonly used to detect many neurological conditions including:
- Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases
- Strokes, brain hemorrhage and cerebrovascular disease
- Vascular malformations and aneurysms greater than 5 mm Pat
- Tumors of the spine or brain
- Changes related to radiation treatment
- Pinched nerves in the spine and other spine conditions
- Chiari Malformation
- Brain malformations associated with seizure disorder
MRI is available as an integrated service at Northwest Neurology. Performing MRI onsite is generally less costly for patients, and the images are rapidly available for physician review. The result is faster turnaround time, less costly and greater convenience. The MRI equipment at Northwest Neurology is state of the art and more open than conventional MRI, allowing patients with claustrophobia or anxiety to more easily tolerate the procedure.
If you're in need of an MRI, Northwest Neurology can save you money and time with our onsite MRI. Call (847) 882-6604 to schedule an appointment today.