MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic procedure that combines a powerful magnet, radio waves and computer technology to provide detailed images of tissues, muscles, nerves and bones. Because MRI uses magnetic force and radio waves to create images, there is no radiation exposure during the procedure. MRI is often used instead of CT to study soft tissues or organs because bones do not obscure the organs and soft tissues as they do with CT imaging.

Advanced technology and imaging capability

MRI can be used to assess everything from ruptured discs in the spine to detecting brain tumors and vascular diseases through techniques such as:

  • Spectroscopy (MRS) assesses chemical abnormalities in the brain for conditions such as coma, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, brain tumors, head injury and MS.
  • Angiography (MRA) evaluates blood flow, or detects brain aneurysms or blood vessel abnormalities. It is used to visualize renal, carotid and vertebral arteries, or examine the aorta for aneurysm.
  • Perfusion and diffusion scanning examines blood flow through tissues to evaluate strokes.

High field short bore MRI and enhanced patient comfort

At Highlands Regional Medical Center we’ve made imaging tests more comfortable and pleasant. Our 1.5 Tesla strength magnet is one of the most powerful and sensitive tools, but a painless exam that creates high quality thin-section images of any part of the body, including the arteries and veins, from any angle and direction, without surgical invasion and in a relatively short period of time.

The images are sent to computer work stations within the medical center for viewing by our radiologists and can be sent to your physicians office for viewing.

For those who have difficulties completing an MRI, we offer sedation on specific days. Please talk with us about this service and availability. To schedule an MRI, please call (863) 471-5812.