Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. Your doctor uses these detailed, clear images to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions. An MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctors to examine your body.
An MRI is also used to:
- Identify brain tumors, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and chronic disorders of the nervous system.
- Reveal brain abnormalities in people with dementia.
- Diagnose diseases of the pituitary gland.
- Locate eye or inner ear tissue abnormalities.
- Detect blood vessel plaques and blockages.
- Identify and diagnose bone and joint damage.
- Identify bone and joint infections, injuries, degenerative disorders, and tumors.
- Reveal tumors and functional disorders in organs such as the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidney, and spleen.
- Detect reproductive system and bladder problems.
An MRI is one of the most advanced diagnostic methods available. MRI capabilities at UPMC Hamot, UPMC Hamot Heart Institute, and the Imaging Center are currently served by four 1.5T short-bore high-field strength magnets. A high-field strength system provides an excellent way to diagnose pathology of the brain, spine, abdomen, skeletal, and vascular blood vessels. UPMC Hamot offers advanced scans of the brains such as diffusion, perfusion, spectroscopy, and non-invasive vascular imaging.
All four MRI scanners offer maximum patient comfort with shorter exam times. These short-bore scanners are spacious, well lit, and open at both ends with a weight capacity up to 450 pounds. This design helps patients relax, which reduces anxiety and claustrophobia. UPMC Hamot and the Imaging Center are ACR certified, which ensures MRI scanners meet stringent standards. For patients' convenience, day, evening, and weekend hours are available at both facilities. The Imaging Center offers free parking with easy access. An exam typically takes 30 to 60 minutes.
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