Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields rather than radiation, creates pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRIs help doctors diagnose a range of health conditions and internal injuries and check to see if medicines or treatments are working properly.

MRI technology at Parkland Medical Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our 1.5 Tesla MRI unit combines a spacious environment with speed and exceptional performance to produce high-resolution images while reducing anxiety for people who may feel claustrophobic during a traditional MRI.

In addition, MRI technology at Parkland may be combined with a contrast dye in a procedure known as MRA to visualize blood vessels in the body that would not normally be seen using MRI alone.

How You Benefit

With high-resolution MRI, a radiologist can see body structures in far greater detail than with traditional MRI or X-ray. MRI assists in diagnosing medical conditions affecting many areas of the body, including:

  • Small joints such as those of the wrist, elbow, hand and foot
  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Arteries and veins
  • Abdominal and pelvic areas
  • Breast tissue

MRI is extremely useful in diagnosing and treating conditions such as tumors, stroke, brain and nervous system disorders, heart disease and much more. With MRI, your healthcare team can deliver earlier diagnosis and treatment, which leads to more positive outcomes.

What to Expect

Learn more about magnetic resonance imaging in our online Health Library.

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