Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Getting an accurate diagnosis and correct medical treatment will usually require medical imaging. While digital x-rays, fluoroscopy and ultrasounds can offer internal imaging, some conditions are best viewed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). At Caliber Pain™, we utilize multiple medical imaging sources for providing a diagnosis and treatment at our pain management clinic in New York City, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Why Are MRIs Necessary?
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses a large magnet to create a magnetic field around the body and radio waves to create images of internal structures. What makes an MRI different than radiology is that no radiation is used to create the images. The magnetic field causes a change in the atom alignment in the body that reacts to the radio waves to create detailed images of bones, soft tissues, organs and even blood vessels.
MRIs offer a much more detailed image than an x-ray or CT scan. There is a more pronounced differentiation between different soft tissues. This can be critical when identifying possible cancer, growths or damage to tissues in the body.
MRIs are very useful when diagnosing spinal or internal organ conditions. The procedure is not painful and is non-invasive. However, not all conditions require such a detailed image for a diagnosis. Many times, x-ray, CT scans, ultrasound or fluoroscopy can provide the images needed for diagnostics or treatments. Also, due to the magnets used in MRIs, patients with metal implants may not be able to undergo an MRI and will need to use one of the other medical imaging options.
At Caliber Pain™, we utilize multiple medical imaging technologies to ensure we have the tools we need for an accurate diagnosis and precise treatment for our patients. When magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, can provide the best images for treating some patients, we use an MRI specialist in our network to obtain the necessary imaging.
For advanced interventional and regenerative medicine treatment for chronic pain or complex injuries, you can trust our team at Caliber Pain™ in Midtown Manhattan. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.