A painless, non-invasive diagnostic tool which does not require the use of ionizing radiation.
Main use is to evaluate the brain and the brain stem.
Some indications for Brain MRI include:
- Aneurysms, or bulging in the blood vessels of the brain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Hydrocephalus, a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain cavities
- Hormonal disorders related to the pituitary gland
- Hemorrhage, or bleeding
- Problems with development or structure (such as a Chiari malformation)
Spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral/whole)
- Evaluation of spinal discs, such as a ruptured disc. Find areas of the spine where the canal is abnormally narrowed (spinal stenosis) and may need surgery.
- Evaluation of tumors affecting the bones or nerves of the spine. The tumors that most commonly spread to the spine include those from prostate, breast, or lung cancer.
- Evaluation of compression fractures of the spine.
- Assessment of areas of the spine with poor blood supply.
- Confirmation of infection.
- Evaluation of nerve damage caused by injury or disease, such as multiple sclerosis.
- Evaluation of congenital spinal abnormalities (present since birth).