Unexplained pain and other symptoms need a fast and accurate diagnosis. At Michigan Neurology Associates & PC, with offices serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Utica, Michigan, the team of experienced physicians offers on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests to quickly identify the cause of your symptoms. This safe, effective diagnostic tool can also help rule out other underlying medical conditions. Find out if an MRI is right for you by calling the office nearest you or scheduling an appointment online today.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic test that creates 3D images of the inner structures of your body. Unlike traditional X-rays, MRI technology doesn’t require the use of radiation. Therefore, this modality is even safe in pregnancy. Instead, it relies on radio waves and magnetic fields to show structures like your:
An MRI is a useful diagnostic tool for a variety of health conditions and can even be part of treatment to ensure a specific therapy is working effectively.
Your Michigan Neurology Associates & PC physician may request an MRI to confirm a diagnosis or rule out other medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
An MRI may also be useful in confirming conditions like:
MRIs are safe and cause no side effects. However, if you have a certain implanted medical devices like a pacemaker or metallic fragments, certain precautions may be necessary. If you struggle with enclosed spaces, an MRI may still be completed via oral sedation or asleep via monitored IV sedation.
Other on-site diagnostics tools include electromyography (EMG) and computed tomography (CT) scan if you’re unable to undergo an MRI.
Depending on the reason for your MRI, the procedure can take up to an hour to complete. Your Michigan Neurology Associates & PC physician takes several images of the targeted area, and it’s important that you stay as still as possible.
A staff member helps you on and off the table and can communicate with you during the exam through an intercom. An MRI is painless, and as soon as it’s over you can go right back to your usual activities without any limitations.
There are some conditions that require the use of a contrast dye, which your physician injects into a specific area to highlight certain areas of your body during the MRI. These dyes are gadolinium-based and do not contain any iodine.
There are no special preparations needed for an MRI, but it can help to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Be sure to leave all valuable objects at home, such as your jewelry. You also need to remove any metal objects before the test, like hearing aids and dentures, to ensure the accuracy of your MRI.
Your Michigan Neurology Associates & PC physician reviews the results of your MRI during the appointment. If any abnormalities are present, they may recommend additional diagnostic testing and a follow-up evaluation.
If you have unexplained spinal or major joint pain and need a diagnosis, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today to discuss an MRI and other appropriate diagnostic options.