Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless technique that uses a strong magnetic field and pulses of radio-wave energy to produce highly detailed, two- and three-dimensional images of organs and tissue inside your body. MRIs can facilitate earlier detection and treatment of disease, which helps curb the need for more invasive procedures such as exploratory surgery or biopsy. An MRI usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, and involves no exposure to radiation.

Most MRIs require patients to lie still in a long, narrow scan tube. For people who are obese or claustrophobic, Carilion also offers open MRI technology – access to the new 3T MAGNETOM Verio MRI. This large-scale scanner accommodates individuals up to 550 pounds. If you feel anxious about the test, this type of MRI can be more comfortable and may reduce your need for calming sedative medication.

At Carilion Clinic, we use MRIs to diagnose and evaluate:

  • Brain disorders
  • Tumors
  • Chronic and degenerative conditions
  • Cancer staging
  • Vascular diseases
  • Eye abnormalities
  • Spinal diseases
  • Abdominal diseases
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Facial or neck abnormalities
  • Infection and injuries
  • Cardiac irregularity
  • Blood flow and vessel disorders