What Is An MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the body. MRI has become a very valuable diagnostic tool detecting everything from cancer, heart and vascular disease, strokes, and disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system. At the same time, it’s provided physicians with the ability to avoid unnecessary surgery and invasive diagnostic procedures. MRIs produce extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation.
The MRI scanner creates a strong magnetic field through the body then it sends radio waves into the body and assesses the response sent back from the different tissues. This electromagnetic energy is then measured and analyzed by a computer producing two and three-dimensional images. Certain diseased or injured tissues send responses that are different from healthy ones. These images are displayed as slices, which are then sent to the radiologist for interpretation.
DOI has 4 state of the art MRIs at two locations, all of which are American College of Radiology (ACR) Certified. Including an open MRI (0.35 Tesla), a 1.5 Tesla which has been the best MRI in a private practice in El Paso for years, and a 3.0 Tesla which is the only one of its kind in private practice here in El Paso. The increase in magnet strength allows us to scan faster and produce higher detailed images.