An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is an imaging test that helps a doctor to identify soft tissue damage. It provides detailed images of an affected area that can be used in the diagnosis of various conditions.
If you are interested in getting an MRI scan, make an appointment with the highly-trained surgeons at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center. We have many offices throughout Greater Columbus for your convenience.
The very first magnetic resonance imaging exam was performed on a live human on July 3, 1977. Over the past decades, MRI scans have become very useful in helping doctors identify internal areas of concern within the body.
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An extremity MRI scan is a type of imaging scan that is used on just a single extremity, such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot. The scanner uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the muscles, joints, bones, blood vessels, and nerves.
In comparison to a traditional MRI scanner, an extremity MRI scanner is smaller in size. However, the size does not affect the image quality on the extremity MRIs.
The scanner offers a complete MRI system in a compact machine with no RF shielding cage required. They are ideally suited for small diagnostic practices; however, they can also be found in large radiology departments.
An extremity MRI can provide detailed images of your extremities. This allows your foot doctor to examine the soft tissue of your muscles and joints for damage.
At Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center, our orthopedic surgeons use extremity MRIs to diagnose foot and ankle conditions such as:
Many patients find traditional MRI scanners to be uncomfortable, and some get anxious and claustrophobic inside. The extremity MRI is different because patients can sit comfortably in a chair, while just the extremity being examined goes inside the machine.
Unlike X-rays, extremity MRIs can provide detailed images of the soft tissue in your limbs. They also do not emit any radiation.
Extremity MRIs have low energy consumption, making them more environmentally friendly. The low power consumption also provides an economical benefit to the provider.
There is no special preparation you need to take in the days leading to your extremity MRI scan. During the scheduled scan, you may be required to wear loose clothing or a hospital gown. It is also advisable to take off any jewelry.
The O-scan extremity MRI scanner has an accompanying chair where you can sit comfortably. During the scan, your operator will sit at the console either inside or outside the scanning room.
From your chair, the scanner will be positioned so your limb can be placed inside the scanner. The machine may make a thumping or tapping noise as the magnetic field is turned on and surrounds your limb. You will not feel the magnetic field or radio waves during the scan.
An extremity MRI usually takes about half an hour, though some may last longer. After the procedure is complete, you will be able to return to regular activities.
An extremity MRI provides a safe and comfortable way of providing detailed images of your soft tissues. The resulting images can help your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis of your injury or condition.
If you are interested in getting an MRI scan, contact us today to make an appointment with the surgeons at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center. We serve patients throughout the Greater Columbus, OH area. Our team of professionals looks forward to helping you gain the peace of mind you deserve.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Mark A. Prissel