The Importance of Getting an MRI

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The Importance of Getting an MRI

The Importance of Getting an MRI

To confirm a diagnosis and to plan treatment, your physician may order a MRI at Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, RollingĀ mriMeadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL. Just what is an MRI? It stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and this state-of-the-art medical test allows the doctor to look at details of internal organs and other structures that X-rays and CT scans cannot adequately visualize. Performed onsite at Northwest Neurology, an MRI is a safe, comfortable way to get important information and better patient coordination among health care providers.

Why is an MRI important?

This high-tech test is key to diagnosing and treating many health conditions that would otherwise remain hidden. While CT scans or digital X-rays produce two-dimensional images, Magnetic Resonance Imaging renders three-dimensional images or even slices of internal organs such as the brain or liver.

This precision allows the 14 doctors at Northwest Neurology to gather and give information on health conditions such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms (defects in artery walls)
  • Pinched nerves
  • Syrinx (fluid within the brain stem or spinal cord)
  • Congenital malformations
  • Stroke
  • Seizure disorders
  • Chiari malformation and associated balance problems
  • Head trauma
  • Bone infections
  • Problems with the inner ear and eye

Fortunately, an MRI is painless and non-invasive as it simply uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce its remarkable “pictures.”

What happens during an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville?

This diagnostic test lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour. The patient simply lies on a long table, and a trained technician puts the table into a tube-like tunnel. Modern MRI machines are open-ended and often come equipped with music and a window to avoid any feelings of claustrophobia.

During the test, the patient lies still and hears some tapping or bumping noises associated with the machine’s powerful magnets. Because of the magnetic field, the individual cannot wear anything with metal–hairpins, underwire bras or partial dentures as examples.

Some physicians order contrast dye intravenously administered to get the best possible images of selected areas of the body. Additionally, some patients use sedation to help them relax during the tests. Afterwards, the results are quickly available to the physician, and the patient simply goes back to his or her normal routine.

Rely on us

At Northwest Neurology, our highly-specialized physicians and support staff provide accurate and compassionate care for a wide variety of neurological conditions. They deliver excellent patient education and modern treatments with predictable outcomes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is just one of their many diagnostic tools.

If you need an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.


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