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MRI (3T & 1.5T)

Unrivaled MRI Expertise: Technology and Training

There is no better technology in the Southern Colorado region than that offered at PENRAD Imaging. With PENRAD Imaging's two Siemen's 3.0T MR Scanners, three Siemen's 1.5T MR Scanner, and eighteen local board-certified radiologists; no other free-standing imaging center in Southern Colorado can offer the same technological expertise. When it comes to sub-specialty training, PENRAD Imaging also offers the largest number of fellowship-trained musculoskeletal imaging specialists and neuroradiologists than any other radiology group in Southern Colorado.


Further Information

ALERT

Metallic devices may prevent you from receiving an MRI exam - examples of these devices include: pacemakers and/or pacer wires, aneurysm clips, implanted nerve stimulators, embedded shrapnels, medication pumps, inner or middle ear transplants.

You must inform the technologist if you are, or think you might be, pregnant.

Overview

MRI-magnetic resonance imaging - uses a combination of magnetism, radio waves and computer processing to create detailed images of nearly every body part and internal structure-from bones and joints to vital organs and tiny blood vessels in the brain. Unlike imaging techniques based on X ray, with MRI there's no exposure to radiation. It is among the safest and most versatile of imaging methods. Since its introduction for medical purposes in the 1970s, advances in MRI technology have greatly improved image quality, speed and convenience for patients, while giving physicians a safe and versatile tool for screening, diagnosing, surgical planning, treatment and reconstruction.

Physicians typically prescribe MRI testing at PENRAD Imaging to diagnose or treat the following:
 

  • Cysts, tumors and cancer throughout the body
  • Blockages or enlargement of blood vessels and certain heart problems
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other abdominal organs
  • Abnormalities and diseases of the reproductive organs, including the causes of infertility, in both women and men
  • Orthopedic injuries or disorders - MRI is used to plan and guide orthopedic surgery

Using MR images taken by PENRAD Imaging, physicians can locate and identify:
 

  • Causes of pain
  • Degenerative disorders (arthritis, deterioration of joint surfaces)
  • Fractures not visible with use of X-ray
  • Herniated discs
  • Swelling or bleeding in the tissues in and around joints and bones
  • Small tears and injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Locate and identify spinal cord trauma
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What to Expect

You will be comfortably positioned on a special table that slides into the MRI system. The technologist will perform the MRI sequences at the control unit in an adjoining room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist by means of an intercom, and music or earplugs will be supplied for your comfort. An MRI does not cause any pain. The actual scanning can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes depending on the types of scan(s) ordered, during which you will hear banging sounds and other noises.

Most MRI examinations do not require specific preparation but do include certain general precautions. When you schedule your exam, let us know if you are claustrophobic and appropriate arrangements will be made. Remove loose, foreign or metal objects prior to exam (such as jewelry, dentures, watches, credit cards, body piercing rings, hair pins, and trans-dermal patches).

Continue taking prescribed medications. No metallic snaps, buttons, or zippers on clothing; wear sweat pants, t-shirts or an exam gown. Your hair should be dry and free of wet styling gel. You may be asked to remove eye-makeup if the exam involves the head or neck.

You must let the technologist know if you are, or suspect you might be, pregnant.

Once obtained, the patient's MRI images remain in an electronic file that can be sent in a variety of viewing methods for the referring physician's preference.

Our radiologists will examine and interpret the scan and create a report of the findings that we will send to the referring physician. The referring physician will discuss the results with the patient.

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Types

3T MR: The 3T MRI is one of the most powerful and sophisticated MRI scanners currently available. The "T" in 3T MRI stands for Tesla, the unit of measurement of magnetic field strength. 3T systems generate a magnetic field twice as strong as traditional MRI scanners and many times the strength of some open MRI systems. The 3T's stronger magnetic field produces images of exceptional clarity and anatomical detail in less time. At PENRAD Imaging we offer a wide-bore 3T system to accommodate larger patients and patients with claustrophobia.

Wide MR: For those patients who are claustrophobic, too large or unable to tolerate the physical restrictions of a traditional closed MRI scanner, PENRAD Imaging offers the option of a wide system for some types of tests. It surrounds only three-quarters of the patient's body during scanning, allowing a more open feel. Several factors determine a patient's suitability for wide-bore MRI, including the part of the body to be scanned and the amount of anatomic detail required for diagnosis.

Breast MRI: The advanced technology of MRI gives radiologists the ability to distinguish cancerous tumors from other types of soft tissue. This makes MRI particularly valuable in the fight against breast cancer. However, despite its sensitivity, Breast MRI is most effective when used to supplement, not replace, standard cancer screening methods, such as mammography. Used in combination with these other imaging techniques, physicians can make a more complete and accurate assessment of the nature and extent of cancer and other breast diseases.

Reasons physicians prescribe Breast MRI:
 

  • To identify breast cancer early in high-risk patients and in women with dense breast tissue
  • To confirm, reject or clarify the findings of a mammogram or ultrasound exam
  • To plan treatment or surgery
  • To assess the effectiveness of treatment
  • To check the condition of breast implants

MRA:  A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is a type of magnetic resonance imaging that can help determine the health of your blood vessels, most commonly in the neck, brain, chest, kidneys and legs. MRA can help diagnose blockages, aneurysms (bulges), tears, and narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels.

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Locations

MRI Exams are available at these locations:

Sisters Grove Pavilion
6011 Woodmen Road, Ste 10
Colorado Springs, CO

Nevada MR Campus
2202 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

Audubon Medical Center
3050 N. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO

To request an appointment, click here or call (719) 785-9000

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PET/CT Scan

Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology

Nuclear Medicine

Bone Scans, MUGA

HeartScreen

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. No referral required.

Ultrasound

Ultrasounds or Sonograms using high frequency sound waves.

Fluoroscopy

IVP, Barium Enema

X-Ray

Chest X-Ray - Dual Energy Subtraction

Mammography

Full-field digital acquisition

CT Scan

CT 128, Cardiac CTA, Automatic Radiation Dose Reduction

Bone Density

DEXA, Hip & Femur BMD. No referral required.

MRI

High Field – Short Bore Magnets, Breast MRI with CAD, Cardiac MRI