Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging specialty used to visualize detailed internal structures within the human body. MRI provides excellent contrast between the different soft tissues of the body, and is especially useful in imaging the brain, spine, joints, muscles and even cancers. The images produced in MRI are of higher resolution compared with other medical imaging techniques.
- Unlike traditional X-rays, MRI does not expose patients to ionizing radiation.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses special equipment that generates a constant, powerful magnetic field and radiofrequency energy to create clear pictures of internal body structures. The pictures allow medical professionals to identify physiological problems in the body and thereby assist other healthcare professionals to treat those issues accordingly.
- Today, Magnetic Resonance Imaging offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties, from neurology and surgery to cardiology and oncology.
- MRI technologists are educated and trained to work with patients to obtain high quality images in a safe and effective manner.
Please note: Many medical devices, such as pacemakers, clips, cochlear implants, medication pumps, stimulators, etc. are considered unsafe in the magnetic field environment of the MRI Suite; others, such as joint prostheses (knee or hip replacements) are considered safe if sufficient time has passed after their implantation. In addition, metallic foreign bodies inside the body such as bullet fragments, shrapnel or metal shavings may be adversely affected by the magnetic field.
Any Magnetic Imaging Resonance Program applicant who has a medical device or an internal metallic foreign body MUST contact the Program Faculty for clearance into the program. If it is a medical device, a description and model or serial number for the device (such as found on an implant card) is required.