Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional detailed anatomical images without the use of damaging radiation. It is often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. To obtain an MRI image, a patient is placed inside a large magnet and must remain very still during the imaging process in order not to blur the image.[i]
MRI scanners are particularly well suited to image the non-bony parts or soft tissues of the body. They differ from computed tomography (CT), in that they do not use the damaging ionizing radiation of X-rays. The brain, spinal cord and nerves, as well as muscles, ligaments, and tendons are seen much more clearly with MRI than with regular X-rays and CT.[ii]
What is the right technology?
There are seemingly endless MRI options available. Should you choose a 1.5T or a 3T system? What about coil package? Do you need additional software packages such as metal artifact reduction (MAR)? Is wide-bore necessary or will a standard 60 cm bore be sufficient for your patient population?
Shared Imaging provides MRI technology from all the OEMs, and can customize software-level, coil package and features to perfectly match your clinical needs. Whether you are looking for the latest in technology, or simply a reliable workhorse system, Shared Imaging can provide you the system you need to best serve your patient population. We offer new, used and refurbished systems in multiple environments, including in-house, modular and mobile, ensuring you get the right technology at the right time in the right place for the right cost.
What does your ideal MRI solution look like?
Do you need the latest in technology or simply a reliable system to handle bread & butter procedures? Are you going to place the system in-house or place the system in a medical coach? What are your procurement options; is capital available? How about your staffing needs; self-staff or not?
There are plenty of questions to consider in developing your ideal MRI solution. Our goal is to enable you to customize a solution that answers every one of these questions exactly as needed, and then exceed expectations in its delivery.
[i] “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).” National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2 Feb. 2017, https://www.nibib.nih.gov/science-education/science-topics/magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri.
[ii] “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).” National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2 Feb. 2017, https://www.nibib.nih.gov/science-education/science-topics/magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri.