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Professional Radiology and Outpatient Imaging Services


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging exam that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to collect detailed information about the organs and soft tissues of the body. MRI does not use x-ray or radiation. MRI can assist physicians in detecting and diagnosing diseases or other abnormalities in very early stages.

What to Expect

An MRI machine temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in the body. Radio waves make these atoms create very faint signals—and those are used to make cross-sectional images. Those images are layered on top of each other to give doctors a view of the body that they can see from different angles. MRI provides excellent anatomical detail of the soft tissues and can spot a huge range of issues, including disk abnormalities in the spine, joint problems, tumors in various organs like the kidneys and ovaries, structural problems in the heart, and brain injuries.

What is Contrast?

Your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a contrast agent called “gadolinium”. If you are having an MRI with contrast, the technologist will start an IV in your arm. Unlike contrast agents used in x-ray studies, MRI contrast agents do not contain iodine and rarely cause allergic reactions or other problems. This contrast enhances the image quality, allowing the radiologist to be more accurate and confident in their diagnosis. When the imaging exam is complete, the contrast material is either absorbed by the body or eliminated through urine.

MRI Procedures

Brain MRI

Used to diagnose and detect normal, diseased, or injured brain and assist in determining brain functioning, and assessing potential risks of surgery or other treatments.

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MRI Lumbar Spine

Shows the anatomy of the vertebrae that make up the lower spine, as well as the disks, spinal cord and the spaces between the vertebrae through which nerves pass.

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MRI of Joint Lower Extremity

Used to diagnose or evaluate degenerative joint disorders, joint abnormalities due to trauma, tumors involving joints, and pain, swelling or bleeding in the tissues.

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MRI Cervical Spine

Shows the anatomy of the vertebrae of the upper spine, including the disks, spinal cord and the spaces between the vertebrae through which nerves pass.

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Breast MRI

Not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

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MR Angiography (MRA)

Used to examine blood vessels in the brain, carotid arteries, aorta, renal arteries and vessels of the extremities. Identifies effects of stroke, and other diseases.

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MRI Joint Upper Extremity

Used to diagnose or evaluate degenerative joint disorders such as arthritis, abnormalities from trauma, tumors involving joints, and pain, swelling or bleeding.

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MRI Arthrogram

Used to evaluate the structure and function of joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle. It can help determine whether surgery or joint replacement is needed.

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Evaluates abnormalities like obstructions, blockages, stones in the bile duct and gallbladder, inflammation, tumors, and infections. Can also find causes of pancreatitis.

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MR Enterography

Used to detect and assess the extent of Crohn’s disease and other small bowel disorders. Provides information on abnormalities, such as type, location and severity.

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Wide Open Spaces

Wide Bore MRI provides the most comfortable advanced imaging experience.

Wide Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or wide bore MRI, is a very patient-friendly scan that is quieter and more comfortable for patients than a standard MRI. Wide bore MRI gathers information about your body using a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed internal images of the body and transmits them for your doctor to see.

Claustrophobic and obese patients as well as those feeling anxious or concerned are often able to comfortably undergo wide bore MRI examinations. It features a large and comfortable bed and opening, reduced noise and allows patients to relax during the exam. In addition to enhanced comfort, this technology features high-field technology to provide outstanding image quality.

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Scheduling a Procedure

Midwest Radiology maintains dedicated scheduling resources for all outpatient imaging center locations. We offer same-day scheduling and accept most forms of medical insurance. Call us today!

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All of our outpatient imaging services are provided through our NETWORK of IMAGING CENTERS that are conveniently located throughout the Twin Cities. We offer top quality high-resolution imagery using state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment.

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