Patients who suffer from musculoskeletal conditions within their chest, abdomen, or pelvis may require the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
MRI Scans combine radio waves with magnetic fields to produce a detailed record of your spinal anatomy.
When one of our College Park Chiropractors recommends an MRI scan, it is because they are looking for accurate information on some subjects that may include:
MRI Scans can produce highly detailed images of your spine through the use of a sizable magnet that stimulates the hydrogen atoms that exist within your
Since your body is mostly made of water, the MRI can manipulate these atoms in ways that create an accurate depiction of your spinal anatomy. As the patient, you are required to lay still in the center of the magnet, surrounded on all sides.
Once the actual scanning process begins, your body’s water molecules start to line up and face either the North or South ends of the magnets that surround you. You will notice a particular humming noise that is generated from mechanical devices known as gradients.
Gradients give off FM radio signals that tip the water molecules away from the North and South ends. When the gradients are turned off, your molecules revert to their North or South facing positions, while another FM radio wave is sent out. A particular listening device is used to track this radio wave, while a computer analyzes it to construct a digital image of your anatomy.
For patients who have never experienced an MRI Scan before, it is important to know that there is no radiation used to construct the images of your spine and that the entire process is completely painless.
MRI Scans are often recommended to review:
Our College Park Chiropractors use MRI scans to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
Patients who have never experienced an MRI scan before and are interested in understanding specific details around the process, please review the following considerations:
For female patients who suffer from chronic pain and happen to be pregnant, it is important to know that MRIs are completely safe and can be used to monitor the health of your baby.
MRI scans are not appropriate for those who require the use of a pacemaker, cochlear implant, or some other type of implanted device. They are also not suitable for people who have artificial joints or still have medical clips within their body after receiving surgery. If an MRI scan is recommended for a baby or a child, your Chiropractor may suggest issuing a light anesthetic to keep them calm and still throughout the scan.
Our team of Chiropractors offers new and long-time patients a seamless experience when it comes to issuing MRI scans.
If you suffer from chronic pain and have tried other forms of treatment without experiencing long-term relief, the cause of your condition may be rooted deep within the cavities of your spine. In such cases, MRI scans serve as a valuable resource that allows your doctor to pinpoint the specific source of your pain and understand what treatment solution should be used.
You can schedule a free consultation by calling our office 24/7 at (404) 592-0319 or by filling our online submission form. AICA has served the greater College Park community for over 20 years, providing best-in-class treatment solutions that are complemented by our superior service.