MRI Services in Gettysburg PA
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio wave energy and magnetic fields to visualize structures inside the body. An MRI can provide different information than other scans, like an x-ray, CT scan or ultrasound. The MRI machine is a giant tube. You lay in the center on a flat table and the machine will start to make knocking noises while taking pictures of the inside of your body. The MRI machine will not spin, flash, or touch you at any point of the exam.
The MRI machine is a very large and powerful magnet. The preparation for an MRI is usually simple. You will be asked to remove all jewelry and loose objects from your clothing. You may also be asked to change into a provided gown or scrubs.
Sometimes, a contrast solution is used to provide a better view of certain internal structures. This contrast is injected through a vein in your arm with a very small needle and only takes a few second.
Why Get an MRI?
An MRI is an extremely useful diagnostic tool that allows doctors to see internal damage even before it causes any symptoms. Different parts of your body may be studied with an MRI based on what the doctor is looking for. The most common MRI studies include:
- Head — Looking at your brain through an MRI will show any tumors or aneurysms there. It will also show nerve injuries and other problems that could lead to a stroke. An MRI of your head can detect problems with your optic nerves, your ears, and the auditory nerves that help them function.
- Pelvis and Abdomen — An MRI study can examine a woman’s uterus or a man’s prostate. It can also find blockages, tumors, bleeding or infections in your liver, pancreas, bladder, kidneys and gallbladder.
- Extremities — An MRI can detect certain tears in the extremities that cannot be seen by a conventional X-Ray. Tears in the knee such as an ACL or MCL tear are best visualized with an MRI. An MRI of the shoulder, elbow, knee, foot or ankle is typically very short and doesn’t require a lot of time to scan.
- Spine — An MRI of the spine can detect a multitude of diseases and problems. Herniated or bulging discs are best identified through MR imaging. It can help the doctors see any issues pre- or post-op for surgery.
- Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center is the leading MRI clinic in Gettysburg and all of Central Pennsylvania. Our radiology team produces clear images for doctors to use in accurate diagnosis and tracking of internal damage and disease.