MRI employs a magnetic field and radio waves, similar to those of the AM/FM radio, to create extremely detailed 2-D or 3-D images of the body's internal structures. X-rays are not used in this non-invasive imaging service. MRIs can be used to diagnose shoulder and knee abnormalities, herniated discs, stroke, multiple sclerosis and tumors. This painless procedure offers the physician extensive of diagnostic information and can aid in early diagnosis of problems, reducing or eliminating the need for more invasive procedures, such as exploratory surgery or biopsy.
New Wide MRI Offers More Comfort for Some Patients
Fauquier Health is the first in the Northern Virginia area to offer the large bore MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system that offers a much wider bore (opening) for larger or claustrophobic patients. Before wide bore technology, patients too large to fit inside the opening of a high-field MRI magnet would have their imaging exam performed in an open MRI system that used low-field strength magnets and therefore produced lower-quality images.
For claustrophobic patients the large bore allows for maximum space between the magnet and the patient's head. And with the shortest front to back magnet width, most of the exam is done with the patient's head clear of the magnet area. This high-quality scan takes significantly less time than other open MRI systems, so patients are in and out faster.
The medical imaging department offers conventional MRI technology as well, which can accommodate most patients.
Serving all of Northern Virginia, Fauquier Health's MRIs are just one portion of our state of the art imaging and radiology department. For more information on our full medical imaging services, visit our main medical imaging page.
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