MRI has long been the modality of choice for almost all non-traumatic brain imaging. This includes imaging of congenital abnormalities, cancer, white matter disease, vascular malformations, and infectious disease. MRI has essentially replaced CT for evaluation of all non-acute, non-traumatic brain imaging because of MRI's superior soft tissue contrast. CT is still used as initial imaging in the work up of acute stroke and trauma, since it is more sensitive for blood. In the evaluation of a stroke, MRI frequently follows because of its ability to detect hyper-acute stroke, not possible with CT.
MRI of the Brain, done by Guilford Radiology, 2010
For the MRI exam, if claustrophobia or anxiety is a problem, the referring physician my wish to prescribe a mild sedative to be given prior to the study. No other pre-visit preparation is necessary. Patients will need to remove all jewelry, hairclips, pony-tails and bobby pins. In addition, the patient will need to remove all clothing containing metal. This would include bras with metal enclosures and jeans with metal zippers and buttons. Your patient will be provided a gown and a secure locker in which valuables can be placed.
**Please use 70553 for any pituitaries (sellas), and internal auditory canals (IAC’s).**
Our MRI equipment has a weight limit of 440 pounds.
M-F 7:30AM to 5PM Late Wed. until 7PM
Sat. 8AM to Noon