What’s an MRI and What Can It Tell Us?

What’s an MRI and What Can It Tell Us?

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is an advanced diagnostic test that allows physicians, oncologists and medical mriprofessionals to get an image of a specific organ or region of the body, in order to look for injuries and abnormalities, like internal bleeding and tumors. MRIs are frequently used in conjunction with other diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans and ultrasounds, if more in-depth visualization is needed to obtain a comprehensive diagnosis.

Northwest Neurology in Libertyville, IL, offers MRI scanning to help diagnose a range of neurological conditions and injuries with greater accuracy, including:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Brain bleeding (hemorrhage) and stroke
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Aneurysms
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal and cerebrovascular tumors
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Side effects from previous radiation treatments

MRI Diagnostic Imaging in Libertyville, IL

An MRI works by using high powered magnets (located inside of a large cylindrical tube) and radio waves to create vivid and detailed images from inside the body by activating and scanning the magnetic fields produced by the atoms in our cells and tissue. MRI scanner settings can be adjusted to create contrasts that allow technicians to distinguish between different types of tissue, and it can also provide images in 3D for a more detailed and in-depth picture of an organ.

An MRI scan is generally recommended later in the diagnostic process. It can help detect tumors, nerve injuries, organ damage and tissue damage from sports or traumatic impact injuries. Because MRIs are conducted with magnetic energy, they are not recommended for patients with certain implants, like pacemakers and cochlear implants, metallic shunts or clips or women who are, or may be, pregnant.

Find a Neurologist in Libertyville

An MRI scan is a powerful tool that can help your physician diagnose and formulate treatment plans for a range of illnesses and injuries. For more information, contact Northwest Neurology in Libertyville, IL, by calling (847) 882-6604 to request a consultation today.

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