Pinckneyville Community Hospital hosts a mobile MRI unit on every Monday and Wednesday. Your physician may schedule you for an appointment by dialing 618-357-5909.
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
Detailed MRI images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography, (also called CT or CAT scanning).
Why an MRI?
Some of the common uses of the procedure are:
- organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis—including the heart, biliary tract, kidney, spleen and pamcreas and adrenal glands.
- pelvic organs including the reproductive organs in the male (prostate and testicles) and the female (uterus, cervix and ovaries)
- pelvic and hip bones
- blood vessels (MR Angiography)
Physicians use the MRI to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
- tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.
- coronary artery disease and heart problems including the aorta, coronary arteries and blood vessels, by examining the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart and the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease.
- tumors and other abnormalities of the reproductive organs (e.g., uterus, ovaries, testicles, prostate).
- causes of pelvic pain in women, such as endometriosis.
- functional and anatomical abnormalities of the heart.
- diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, and that of other abdominal organs (when a complete diagnostic assessment can not be done with other techniques).
- congenital arterial and venous vascular anomalies and diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis) of the chest, abdomen and pelvis (MR Angiography).
- conditions involving the bile duct, gallbladder and pancreatic ducts (MRCP).
- breast cancer and implants.
How does my doctor schedule my MRI?
Your doctor can schedule your MRI by dialing 618-357-5909.