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MRI Scans: A Key Tool in Detecting Brain Abnormalities


Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Did you know that approximately 30 Million MRI scans are performed annually in the US alone? The detection of brain abnormalities is one of its most crucial applications.


Whether it's identifying tumors, tracking the progress of degenerative diseases, or investigating the cause of persistent headaches, this advanced imaging technology has revolutionized the way we understand and treat brain disorders. Alliance Imaging is the only facility outside of Rochester in Minnesota to offer GE's Signa Works AIR™ Technology for MRI.


Common Uses of MRI: From Brain Imaging to Tumor Detection


Brain Abnormalities Detection

As a non-invasive diagnostic tool, it uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of your body's internal structures.


Brain and Spinal Cord Imaging


MRI can provide a clear, detailed view of your brain and your spinal cord, helping doctors detect and diagnose conditions such as brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and spinal cord injuries.


Joint and Musculoskeletal Imaging


Whether you're a professional athlete or someone dealing with chronic joint pain, joint and musculoskeletal imaging can help you inform a treatment plan tailored to your needs. A detailed view of both your joints and musculoskeletal structures then allows your doctors to investigate any joint problems and also assess damage to your cartilage, ligaments, and tendons too–all with precision.


Heart and Blood Vessel Imaging


MRI technology can also reveal structural issues with your heart, detect blockages in your blood vessels, and help diagnose conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart defects, and other cardiovascular conditions.


Breast Imaging


When used alongside mammograms, an MRI scan of the breast can provide a more complete picture of breast health, revealing abnormalities that might not be visible in traditional methods, giving an additional layer of screening which surely can increase the chances of early detection–the key to successful treatment.


Liver and Other Abdominal Organ Imaging


MRI can detect liver diseases, assess damage after an injury, and even guide your doctors in the treatment itself. And it's not just the liver – MRI can also provide detailed images of other abdominal organs like the kidneys, pancreas, and spleen.


Alliance Imaging's GE's Signa Works AIR™ Technology for MRI


Brain Health Assessment

Shorter Scan Times


We understand that undergoing an MRI scan can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience for some patients. Just the thought of lying still inside a scanner for an extended period can cause anxiety.


But with GE's Signa Works AIR™ Technology, the time you spend inside the scanner is significantly reduced. Imagine needing only just 30 minutes for a procedure that used to take up to an hour or more.


Less time worrying and more time focusing on what matters–your health and recovery.


Improved Image Detail


If you come in complaining of persistent headaches, its enhanced image detail means our radiologists may pick up even the smallest abnormalities that could be a cause. A more accurate diagnosis, can pave the way for more effective treatment plans for you.


Increased Patient Comfort


Traditional rigid coils can sometimes feel hard and uncomfortable against your body. But not with GE's Signa Works AIR™ Technology.


Picture yourself lying down on a soft cushion instead of a hard one. A small change, yes, but it can make a big difference in your overall experience.


What to Expect


When you arrive, you will be asked some questions about your health history and you may also be asked to change into a gown.


An IV or perhaps oral contrast might be required, which are FDA-approved compounds used to highlight certain body structures and also help our radiologists distinguish normal from abnormal conditions. Then, you'll be given ear protection (with your choice of music) and be asked to lie down.


To know more about our MRI service, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Call Us at 320-255-6530 Today!


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