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State-of-the-Art Imaging Technology

A magnetic resonance image (MRI) machine uses radio waves and magnetic fields to create an image of the body’s internal structures. The types of images produced by MRIs are different than X-rays, ultrasounds, and other radiology methods in that they give radiologists a different view of the internal organs and allow for better diagnosis of illness.

MRIs are primarily used to look for:

  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms
  • Stroke damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Arthritis
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Organ infections

What is the Test Like?

A patient lies flat on a table that slides into a giant tube which scans the body. The test is completely harmless, but individuals with claustrophobia often feel apprehensive. To help the patient remain still, a physician will typically administer a sedative to relax them. Scans usually last 30 to 60 minutes.

Because MRIs use strong magnetic fields, patients with pacemakers, or any other internal device made of metal should inform their doctor, as the machine may interfere with the implant.

The Tesla 1.5

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is equipped with a 1.5 Tesla MRI machine. These are the standard model of MRIs used in hospitals. They have larger openings then previous editions that makes the inside of the machine more spacious, alleviating some anxiety for claustrophobic patients. Even with the additional space, the 1.5 does not sacrifice quality. In fact, the additional space for limbs allows the machine to produce improved images of the patient’s body, making it easier for physicians to make a diagnosis.

How to Schedule an Appointment

The imaging department operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays. You can schedule an appointment or ask any questions by calling (719) 530-2396.