MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the safest
imaging techniques available. MRI combines a powerful magnet with an
advanced computer system and radio waves to pro
duce incredibly accurate, detailed images of organs and
tissues. Although no X-rays are used to obtain the images, special
precautions must be taken because of the magnetic field. For example,
patients with pacemakers or certain metallic implants cannot be imaged with
Delnor offers a state-of-the-art GE MRI scanner with upgraded software and
8-channel capability which allows the technologist to perform advanced scans
that greatly enhance the physicians’ ability to diagnose a variety of medical
MRI offers the unique ability to tailor an exam to answer a specific
diagnostic question, making it the test of choice for many physicians facing a
difficult diagnostic challenge. By changing just a few exam parameters,
the system can cause tissue within the body to take on a completely different
appearance. In addition, MRI can also image flowing blood. This
allows physicians to visualize the arterial system versus the tissue around
MRI gives such clear pictures of soft tissue structures, it is the most
widely used exam for spine and joint problems. MRI is often used to
diagnose injuries to the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. The images
allow physicians to see even very small tears and injuries to ligaments and
In addition to image quality and system abilities, there are many other
advantages to MRI. Many patients are comforted knowing that MRI does not
use radiation to capture the images. The MRI can also capture images in
any plane or in any orientation without the patient ever having to move.
Delnor’s MRI department also offers breast scans and MRI-guided breast
biopsies, high resolution neurologic imaging, full body imaging and magnetic
resonance angiography for diagnosing problems of the arteries and cardiovascular
Scheduling an MRI at Delnor
To schedule an MRI exam, call Central Scheduling at 630/762-6400.
physician order is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an MRI
Approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Is there any radiation?
No, MRI utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency to obtain the
Do I need to hold still?
Yes, the machine is extremely sensitive to motion so it is critical to lie
very still during the exam.