Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine [MRI] Vital in Disease Detection and Patient Treatment
The MRI is used as a diagnostic tool by physicians. This extremely effective machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to show images of the inner body and any pathological changes.
All patients of The Jackson Clinic are now able to have an MRI exam at The Jackson Clinic's West Forest Campus. This convenient location, already familiar to Jackson Clinic patients, will allow for timely examinations, often with same day service. "The MRI machine is an extremely important tool for the diagnosis and treatment management of our patients," Carl Rudd, Jackson Clinic Administrator, said. "The acquisition of a MRI machine by The Jackson Clinic allows us to better serve our patients' healthcare needs."
The MRI is used in a wide variety of medical circumstances. Physicians order an MRI scan as a method for early disease detection, pathological changes or the display of congenital abnormalities in tissues and organs. An MRI is effective in every area of the body. Blood vessels and flow, heart diseases, functional mapping of the brain, examination of the spinal cord, ear and eye diseases, disc herniation, liver, pancreas, kidney and gallbladder abnormalities, tumors, joint diseases and soft tissue abnormalities are just a few of the reasons an MRI scan may be prescribed. It is an especially useful tool for oncologists in the treatment of cancers.
Patients scheduled for a MRI exam may continue their normal diet, medication and activity prior to this exam. A thorough medical history will be taken and reviewed by the prescribing physician and the technologist. During the exam, which takes approximately 30 minutes, the patient is asked to lie quietly still as the scanner records images of the inner body. This non-invasive scan is performed without the harmful effects of radiation because it uses magnetic principles. There is no post-procedure recovery time and patients may return to their regular routine immediately.