American Radiology Services Provides Options for MRI Patients
American Radiology Services (ARS) is proud to feature an assortment of MRI scanners that accommodate specific patient needs. Unlike imaging technologies that rely on radiation, MRI uses a powerful magnet to create detailed images of the body. MRI technology is used to identify abnormalities in the head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities, as well as to examine bone and joint injuries.
High-field MRI, an MRI machine containing a tube that surrounds the patient, produces higher-resolution images. Clear images make the high-field MRI machines ideal for detecting tumors, lesions, torn ligaments or cartilage, and fractures. These systems are used for musculoskeletal, neurological, body, cardiac, and breast imaging.
American Radiology Services has introduced Toshiba VantageTM High-Field MRI systems at its Bel Air and Prince Frederick locations. These systems have all the benefits of high-field MRI machines, but they are quieter and have a short-bore platform to minimize the feeling of claustrophobia. They also have a wider opening to accommodate larger and claustrophobic patients.
Open MRI systems are different then high-field MRI machines. The sides of the machine are open, making them more desirable for some claustrophobic patients. The open machines are also beneficial for children and larger patients who may not be able to fit in a high-field MRI machine. These machines are able to perform musculoskeletal, neurological, and some body scans.
High-field extremity MRI machines enable the patient to sit in a reclining chair, similar to a dentist's chair, while having their exam performed. The body part being imaged is the only part that goes into the machine. Because of their design and comfortable atmosphere, the extremity machines are ideal for claustrophobic patients and children. They are able to perform scans on the hand, finger, wrist, elbow, foot, toes, ankle, and knee.
Ask your physician which MRI machine will best suit your needs. To schedule an appointment, call 410.298.0454 or visit www.americanradiology.com.