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Imaging modalities and expertise: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Physicians refer patients to Banner Alzheimer’s for our exceptionally detailed MRI studies as well as our highly skilled radiologists, who interpret MRI study results.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.
Banner Alzheimer’s features the 3 Tesla (3T) MRI system and offers:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI)
Magnetic resonance tomography (MRT)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
The relatively new fMRI measures the tiny metabolic changes that take place in an active part of the brain. It’s used to examine the anatomy of the brain and:
Pursue brain mapping to determine which part of the brain is handling critical functions such as thought, speech, movement and sensation
Assess the effects of Alzheimer’s, stroke or trauma on brain function
Guide planning for surgery, radiation therapy or other brain procedures
Our 3T MRI investigates and diagnoses conditions, including those involving the brain, spine and musculoskeletal system. It’s the investigative tool of choice for neurological cancers as it is more sensitive than CT for small tumors and offers better visualization of the posterior fossa, a small space in the skull, found near the brainstem and cerebellum.
The Banner Alzheimer’s 3T MRI also is the optimal choice for many conditions of the central nervous system including:
Demyelinating diseases (multiple sclerosis)