The Imaging Center.

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In order to accurately diagnose, understand and manage a patient’s condition, neurologists often must utilize special imaging tools, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-Ray. MIND is proud to provide a state-of-the-art imaging facility onsite in our Farmington Hills office. Operated by highly specialized neuroradiologists and trained staff, testing is available to patients being treated at MIND as well as anyone who needs diagnostic imaging as requested by their physician.

For your convenience we offer rapid scheduling, typically within 24-48 hours. We also understand that waiting for tests results can be stressful, and can often delay much-needed treatment. That’s why we make it a priority to read your scans and provide a report to your physician quickly—usually within 1-2 business days.

MRI

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Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is the most advanced imaging technology available. It allows your doctor to see inside the body without x-rays or surgery. MRI uses harmless magnetic and radio frequency waves to examine muscles, fat and internal organs. It produces clear and extremely detailed pictures, or images, that allow your doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis.

MIND is home to two open bore MRI machines: a 1.5 Tesla MRI and an open bore 3.0 Tesla MRI, which accommodate larger patients or those who are uncomfortable or uneasy in smaller spaces. Both machines are of the latest technology and are operated by highly skilled technicians.

Is MRI scanning dangerous?

No. There is no exposure to x-ray or other forms of potentially harmful radiation.

However, certain people are unable to undergo this procedure. It is important to let us know if:

You are:

  • Pregnant
  • Undergoing dialysis

-OR-

Have:

  • A cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator
  • A metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Aneurysm clips
  • An artificial heart valve
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Renal insufficiency or kidney disease

How do I prepare for an MRI?

There are no special diet or preparation requirements for this test, however, before your test you will be asked to fill out a safety screening form and will consult with the technician before you enter the MRI room.

If you anticipate having trouble being in a small, confined space, let your doctor know before your MRI. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.

 

What can I expect during my MRI appointment?

The MRI is a very simple and comfortable exam. A technician will assist you onto a cushioned examination table. Once you are lying comfortably on the examination table, the table will move smoothly into position, toward the center of the MRI’s donut-shaped magnet. The technician will then instruct you to lie still so that the MRI can take clear, precise pictures. When the MRI begins taking pictures, you will hear some muffled sounds. Don’t worry: these are simply the working sounds of the MRI.

Sometimes a contrast dye is used to enhance the areas that are being scanned. The contrast dye helps make the details of the MRI image clearer. If the contrast dye is being used it is injected through a vein in the arm usually near the end of the test.

How long does it take?

An MRI usually takes from 20-60 minutes depending upon the area of the body being scanned.

How will I know the results?

Once the images have been read by our radiologist, the results will be sent via fax to your doctor within 24 hours.

Breast MRI

MRI of the breast is a non-invasive test used to evaluate suspicious areas within your breast noted on a mammogram or clinical breast examination. It is sometimes used as an alternative to a biopsy. MRI is the most advanced imaging technology available. Using radio waves and a magnetic field, it creates detailed pictures that allow your doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis; for example, MRI can be used to distinguish between noncancerous and cancerous lesions.

MRI can also be used to detect cancers that are not visible using mammography. There are a number of reasons other than an abnormal mammogram or clinical breast examination that a doctor may refer a patient to have a breast MRI. These reasons include:

  • Strong family history of breast cancer
  • Evaluation of women with breast implants
  • History of previous lumpectomy or breast biopsy surgeries
  • Axillary metastasis with an unknown primary tumor
  • Very dense or scarred breast tissue

MIND radiologists are pioneers in the field of 4-D Breast MRI and offer the most technologically advanced breast MRI scanning available. Please consult with your physician to find out if a Breast MRI is right for you.

Is MRI scanning dangerous?

No. There is no exposure to x-ray or other forms of potentially harmful radiation.

However, certain people are unable to undergo this procedure. It is important to let us know if:

You are:

  • Pregnant
  • Undergoing dialysis

-OR-

Have:

  • A cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator
  • A metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Aneurysm clips
  • An artificial heart valve
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Renal insufficiency or kidney disease

How do I prepare for an MRI?

There are no special diet or preparation requirements for this test, however, before your test you will be asked to fill out a safety screening form and will consult with the technician before you enter the MRI room.

If you anticipate having trouble being in a small, confined space, let your doctor know before your MRI. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.

Click here [Link for Downloadable Sedation Sheet] for more information about sedation.

What can I expect during my Breast MRI appointment?

The MRI is a very simple and comfortable exam. A technician will help you lie face-down onto a cushioned examination table. Once you are lying comfortably on the examination table, the table will move smoothly into position, toward the center of the MRI’s donut shaped magnet. The technician will then instruct you to lie still so that the MRI can take clear, precise pictures. When the MRI begins taking pictures, you will hear some muffled sounds. Don’t worry, these are simply the working sounds of the MRI.

Sometimes a contrast dye is used to enhance the areas that are being scanned. The contrast dye helps make the details of the MRI image clearer. If the contrast dye is being used it is injected through a vein in the arm usually near the end of the test.

How long does it take?

The Breast MRI will take 20 minutes to one hour.

How will I know the results?

Once the images have been read by our radiologist, the results will be sent via fax to your doctor within 24 hours.