Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the body's internal structures that are clearer, more detailed and more likely in some instances to identify and accurately characterize disease than other imaging methods. It is used to evaluate the body for a variety of conditions, including tumors, stroke, and infection. It may also be used to evaluate soft tissues including musculoskeletal joints. MRI is noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.
Riverside has a Siemens Espree and Aera 1.5T MRI, which are both open-bore systems that give patients greater comfort without compromising the quality of the MRI exam. In fact, it enables a higher level of image quality not possible before in an open MRI. These are located in the Riverside Medical Plaza at the Bourbonnais Campus and in the Radiology Department at Riverside Hospital.
Patients benefit from: Reduced feelings of claustrophobia and the increased ability to complete the examination because most exams can be performed with the patient’s head resting outside of the equipment.
You can schedule your MRI by calling (815) 935-7531. A hospital representative will instruct you on how to prepare for this test.
Our most frequently performed exams include:
- Brain MR
- Spinal MR (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
- Musculoskeletal/Joints (Hip, Shoulder, Knee)
- Abdominal (Liver, Pancreas, Kidneys)
- Pelvic (Female Soft Tissue, Prostate)
- Breast MR
- Cardiac MR
- MR Angiography
For more information on the specific test your physician has ordered, visit radiologyinfo.org.