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Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg's MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a painless, non-surgical procedure with no known side effects. MRI is a method used by physicians to look inside the body to help determine what, if anything, is wrong. MRI produces images of the body without the use of radiation, unlike x-ray and CT scanning. Instead, it uses the physical properties of magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to provide an accurate diagnosis for your physician. In some cases, the use of MRI can reduce the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures which might have an associated risk.

MRI is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation of the following conditions:

  • Brain disorders
  • Liver and other abdominal diseases
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Knee & shoulder injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Spine diseases
  • Facial/neck abnormalities
  • Tumor detection
  • Infection Blood flow & vessel disorders

Patients are placed on a special bed and are moved through a large tube-like device that creates the MR data. This information is formed into an image by a computer that processes the signals emitted by body tissue. These signals are generated using a safemagnetic field in combination with radio waves of a specific frequency. Differences in body tissue are revealed through this process and translated into different contrast levels on the image. This type of MRI is highly effective and can provide a more detailed image as compared to most "Open MRIs." The Hospital's's on-site, board certified radiologist will then view the MR images and provide a report to the treating physician.

Ask your physician about specific preparations for this test prior to scheduling. If you have further questions, call the Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department at 620.232.0129.


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