MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging: a detailed, inside-look at images of organs and structures

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

An MRI is often used to:

  • Examine the heart, brain, liver, pancreas, male and female reproductive organs, and other soft tissues
  • Assess blood flow
  • Detect tumors and diagnose many forms of cancer
  • Evaluate infections
  • Assess injuries to bones and joints

What are the benefits of MRI?

  • Images of soft-tissues such as the heart, liver and other organs are clearer and more detailed than with other imaging techniques.
  • MRI images can help your doctor evaluate function as well as the structure of many organs.
  • MRI provides a fast, non-invasive alternative to X-ray angiography for diagnosing problems of the heart and cardiovascular system.
  • MRI can detect abnormal tissue that might be hidden by bone tissue when other imaging techniques are used.

Wide bore MRI available at ProHealth Care
The scanners are faster, roomier and quieter than other MRI machines, increasing comfort levels for larger patients and those who are claustrophobic. The scanners feature:

  • A 70-centimeter (2.3 feet) bore, or tube-like structure, where patients lie for the scan. It can accommodate patients weighing up to 550 pounds.
  • Increased scanning speed, meaning that patients spend less time in the scanner.
  • Noise-reduction technology, making scans 70 percent quieter than with conventional scanners.
  • An ultra-short bore (145 centimeters, 4.75 feet) that allows many exams to be performed with the patient’s head outside of the covered area.
  • Custom mood lighting and soothing music that contribute to a calming environment.
  • High-quality images that enable physicians to make quicker and more accurate diagnoses.

If your physician has ordered an MRI you can schedule your test on a wide bore MRI system by calling 262-928-3000. Our Oconomowoc and Pewaukee imaging locations both offer wide bore MRI systems.

Angiogram, MR

MR angiography (MRA) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to evaluate blood vessels and help identify abnormalities or diagnose atherosclerotic (plaque) disease. This exam does not use ionizing radiation and may require an injection of a contrast material called gadolinium, which is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than iodinated contrast material.

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Body

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the body uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It may be used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen and pelvis. If you’re pregnant, body MRI may be used to safely monitor your baby.

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Breast

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the breast. It is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It may be used to screen women at high risk for breast cancer, evaluate the extent of cancer following diagnosis, or further evaluate abnormalities seen on mammography. Breast MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it is the best method for determining whether silicone breast implants have ruptured.

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Breast Biopsy MR Guided

Magnetic resonance- or MR-guided breast biopsy uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to help locate a breast lump or abnormality and guide a needle to remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It does not use ionizing radiation and leaves little to no scarring.

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Cardiac

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the heart. It is used to detect or monitor cardiac disease and to evaluate the heart’s anatomy and function in patients with congenital heart disease. Cardiac MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it may provide images of the heart that are better than other imaging methods for certain conditions.

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Chest

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the chest uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the chest. It is primarily used to assess abnormal masses such as cancer and determine the size, extent and degree of its spread to adjacent structures. It’s also used to assess the anatomy and function of the heart and its blood flow.

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Enterography

Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the small intestine which may help your doctor diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, obstructions and other abnormalities. It is noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Head

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the brain and other cranial structures that are clearer and more detailed than other imaging methods. This exam does not use ionizing radiation and may require an injection of a contrast material called gadolinium, which is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than iodinated contrast material.

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Heart

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the heart. It is used to detect or monitor cardiac disease and to evaluate the heart’s anatomy and function in patients with congenital heart disease. Cardiac MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it may provide images of the heart that are better than other imaging methods for certain conditions.

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Knee

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the knee joint. It is typically used to help diagnose or evaluate pain, weakness, swelling or bleeding in and around the joint. Knee MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it can help determine whether you require surgery.

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MRCP

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography or MRCP uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to evaluate the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct for disease. It is noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Musculoskeletal

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of joints, soft tissues and bone. It is usually the best choice for evaluating the body for injuries, tumors, and degenerative disorders.

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Prostate

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within a man’s prostate gland. It is primarily used to evaluate the extent of prostate cancer and determine whether it has spread. It also may be used to help diagnose infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or congenital abnormalities. Exams may be performed using an endorectal coil – a thin wire covered with a latex balloon – that is inserted a short distance into the rectum. Prostate MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it provides images that are clearer and more detailed than other imaging methods.

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Shoulder

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the shoulder uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the bones, tendons, muscles and blood vessels within the shoulder joint. It is primarily used to assess injuries.

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Spine

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine uses radio waves, a magnetic field and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the spine and surrounding tissues that are clearer and more detailed than other imaging methods. The exam does not use ionizing radiation and may require an injection of a contrast material called gadolinium, which is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than iodinated contrast material.

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ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Oconomowoc Physician Center : 1185 Corporate Center Dr., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
Oconomowoc Physician Center : 1185 Corporate Center Dr., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Medical Group in New Berlin : 13900 W. National Avenue, New Berlin, WI 53151