Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce two- and three-dimensional images of the inside of the body. MRI can be used to evaluate any part of the body, in order to diagnose internal injuries or conditions, or to monitor effects of medications and treatments.
MRA is a study of the blood vessels using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRA produces very detailed two- and three-dimensional images of the blood vessels and other parts of the body by using radio waves in a strong magnetic field instead of using x-rays.
At Middlesex Health, we’re constantly investing in the latest diagnostic imaging technology to help ensure the highest quality service and the best possible outcomes for our patients. That’s why we’ve increased the number and quality of our MRI machines—giving our specially trained team of radiologists and physicians access to the clearest images available. And adding more MRI machines also means that it’s easier for us to accommodate your schedule. In fact, most patients will now be able to schedule an MRI within 24 to 48 hours.
When you need an MRI, your future can depend on the clarity and detail of an image. The 3-Tesla MRI is twice as powerful as a standard MRI, making it faster and easier than ever for your doctor to analyze and accurately diagnose your condition. Ours is conveniently located at the Middlesex Outpatient Center (534 Saybrook Rd., Middletown) right down the street from our the hospital.
Many larger patients or those who experience feelings of claustrophobia with traditional MRI units believe that an “open” MRI is their only alternative. However, “open” MRI systems are really only open on the sides—so the magnet is still very close to the body—and they are usually “low-field” MRIs, which means the scans take longer and image quality may not be as clear.
Our wide short bore, high-field MRIs give patients the best of both worlds. They have a much larger opening and shorter length (for many tests, your feet and head remain outside the machine), so patients are much more comfortable and experience less anxiety and claustrophobia. And, because they are “high-field” units, they still provide doctors with the crisp, clear images they need to make an accurate diagnosis.
Our wide open bore MRI units are located at both the hospital (28 Crescent St., Middletown) and the Marlborough Medical Center ( 12 Jones Hollow Rd, Marlborough).
Our radiologists, physicians and patients also have access to two wide standard MRI units located at Middlesex Health Shoreline Medical Center (250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, CT)) and Middlesex Health Outpatient Center (534 Saybrook Rdl, Middletown).