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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRI often is able to provide information which is different from the results given by X-ray, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT) tests, allowing your physician to see additional problems or issues. In contrast to computed tomography and X-ray, MRI does not use ionizing radiation in its imaging process.

MRI is performed to detect tumors, bleeding, injury, or blood vessel abnormalities. It can be used to clarify the results of another diagnostic test such as a CT scan or X-ray, or to obtain additional information. At Skyline Urology, MRI is often utilized in the diagnosis of urological issues, including problems of the prostate, kidneys, and bladder. Skyline has been a pioneer in the use of Mutiparametric prostate MRI to help identify prostate tumors.

During the MRI, the patient is positioned inside a donut-shaped machine similar in appearance to a CT scanner.  In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.

An important issue in MRI imaging is interference with medical devices or implants, such as a cardiac or pacemaker, which can be dangerous for the patient if not carefully monitored. Skyline experts will thoroughly review your case to ensure that any medical devices or implants you may have will not be affected by the MRI. It is particularly important that devices or implants are not ferromagnetic, posing a clear and direct threat to people and equipment in the magnet treatment room.

There is no research to suggest that powerful magnetic force is harmful to a pregnant mother or her fetus, but the current guidelines stress that all medical procedures, including MRI, should be used only when necessary during pregnancy.