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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, lungs, 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 two locations

Our Oconomowoc and Pewaukee imaging locations both offer wide bore MRI systems.

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