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Red River Valley Radiology Associates, P.A.
What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a noninvasive test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the body without using radiation.
This type of exam allows excellent characterization of the soft tissues and has applications in evaluating the brain and spinal cord, blood vessels, bones, joints, and organs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
Our open bore scanner is designed to minimize feelings of claustrophobia, which can be a significant problem for many patients on closed MRI machines.
Recent technological advances have allowed open MRI equipment to create images that are comparable in quality, and in some cases superior, to some closed MRI scanners.
Magnetic Imaging of Paris is dedicated to providing high-quality imaging services. Our new high-field Siemens Espree 1.5 T Open Bore MRI provides comfort, accommodates large patients, and reduces chances of patient claustrophobia while producing exceptional images. As an added comfort, our MRI suite allows a loved one to be present during the exam.
Metallic and surgical implants or accidentally implanted metallic objects can interfere with MRI exams in a way that is hazardous to the patient.
If you have any of the following, you should NOT undergo an MRI:
Implanted defibrillator or pacing device
Aneurysm clips within the brain
Spinal cord or deep brain stimulators
Other metallic devices are potential hazards. Please inform the personnel and physicians at our facilities if you have any of the following items:
Infusion ports and catheters
Artificial limbs or joint implants
Metal pins, screws, plates or surgical staples
For patient health and safety, we require a simple x-ray screening for metal workers or others with a history of metal shrapnel in the eyes before they enter the MRI scanner.