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What is an MRI and why does an MRI make a difference to diagnosis?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses a strong magnet, radio signal and a computer to produce a picture of the inside of your body. It allows the doctor to get pictures of the bones and healthy and diseased tissues in great detail. It is an extremely accurate method of disease detection providing superior information on problems detected by X-Rays, ultrasound or CT Scans. The detail shown in an MRI is very precise, enabling doctors to decide whether surgery cases can be deferred or more accurately directed. A MRI gives a 360 degree view of the part of the body that is being scanned.

It is a safe test that can be performed by all and can even be done during pregnancy. There is no ionizing radiation in this procedure, so the body is not exposed to radiation. MRI is used in great detail by specialists in Neuro Radiology and Orthopedics to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine and joints of the body such as shoulder and knee.

The Holy Family Hospital has acquired the 16 channel TIM+DOT matrix system MRI, that is a newly launched product from Siemens and only the second installation in Maharashtra as in September 2013. Its unique feature is its feet-first application for many studies, including the lumbar spine (lower back), that allows the patient to have the test done with the body out of the tunnel. Other applications include special devices for greater imaging and accuracy for the knee, shoulder and for patients in the paediatric age group.