Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, allows physicians to view remarkably clear, detailed images of the organs and soft tissues without the use of conventional X-rays. Injury or disease can often be spotted early through magnetic resonance imaging, leading to quicker diagnosis and treatment and, ultimately, better patient outcomes.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce intricate, cross-sectional pictures of the patient’s specific problem spot. Areas commonly scanned using MRI include:
- Vital organs
- Extremities (hands, wrists, ankles, feet)
Considered the most accurate exam for spinal and joint problems, the latest MRI technology is also used to diagnose common sports-related injuries to the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist, and can reveal even the smallest tears in ligaments and muscles. In addition, conditions such cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke and musculoskeletal disorders can be detected through MRI.
Open Bore MRI Technology
Of course, a test is only as effective as the equipment behind it. And CentraState, in partnership with Freehold Radiology Group, recently installed the world’s premier MRI system, the Magnetom Espree 1.5 Tesla Open Bore MRI—the first open bore MRI in central New Jersey. With a magnet that’s three to five times stronger than the magnet in conventional MRIs, the open bore also offers more head, leg and elbow room to accommodate larger patients, as well as those who experience discomfort in enclosed spaces.
The MRI center is located at Freehold MR Associates on the campus of CentraState Medical Center.
To schedule an MRI, call (732) 462-3716.