Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-Rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. This technique has proved very helpful to radiologists in diagnosing tumors of the brain as well as disorders of the eyes and the inner ear. MRI is the most sensitive exam for brain tumors, strokes and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. In addition, it is a useful means of documenting brain abnormalities in patients with dementia and it is commonly used for patients with disease of the pituitary gland. Gadolinium intravenous contrast is often given providing greater contrast between various tissues. The radiologists, who interpret the exams are board-certified and specialty trained in Neuroradiology.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head is performed for:
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your MRI. Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have. Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.
Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.