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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an extraordinary technology that provides a means of "seeing" inside the body in order for doctors to find certain diseases or abnormal conditions. The MRI examination requires specialized equipment that uses a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency energy and a computer to create very clear pictures of internal body structures.

MRI has become the preferred procedure for diagnosing or "ruling out" a large number of potential problems in many parts of the body. In general, MRI creates pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Doctors use MRI to examine the brain, spine, joints (e.g., knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle), abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart and other body parts.

Is MRI safe?
Every year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures. MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken. Great care is taken to prevent ferromagnetic objects from entering the MRI system room. MRI facilities have screening procedures that, when carefully followed, will ensure that the MRI technologist and radiologist know about the presence of metallic implants and materials. Check with the MRI technologist or radiologist at the MRI center if you have any questions or concerns about any implanted object or health condition that could impact the MRI procedure.

Radiology Services is dedicated to improving patient access and providing the most advanced technology in the market. The 3T Verio MRI is available for use 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Referrals can be made though your physician's office and appointments can be scheduled by calling 616-685-4000.

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3T Verio MRI

Breast MRI