Gold Coast Radiology Scanner:
The Siemens MAGNETOM ESSENZA MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner is designed from the ground up to provide reliable accurate and ultra high resolution diagnostic imaging. The 1.5 Tesla field strength improves diagnostic image quality, while enhanced Matrix coils and Tim (Total Imaging Matrix) technology decreases patient scanning times.
MAGNETOM ESSENZA MRI scanners have "ultra-short" (145cm) bores which enhance patient comfort and reduce the claustrophobic feelings traditionally associated with other MRI scanners.
How It Works:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a means by which images can be acquired of various parts of the body without the use of X-Rays or Gamma Rays. Conventional X-Rays and C.T Scans use radiation to acquire the image, with MRI scanners a large and very strong magnetic field is used to create the diagnostic image.
The patient lies in the magnet, and a radio wave antenna is used to send signals to the body and then receive the signal back. The returning signals are processed and converted into pictures by a powerful computer attached to the MRI scanner. The radio waves actually change the magnetic field within the body which is much weaker than the steady strong magnetic field of the main magnet.
MRI scan Advantages over Other Types Of Scans:
MRI scans are most often used for looking at non-bony parts of the body, or the "soft tissues" of the body. The brain, spinal cord and nerves are seen much more clearly with an MRI scanner compared to regular X-Rays and C.T Scans.
Muscles, tendons and ligaments are also seen very clearly on an MRI scan, and are commonly used to take diagnostic images of the knees and shoulders, particularly following injuries.
MRI scanners do not use any ionizing radiation, and as such are advantageous in reducing the patient's radiation dose. They provide the patient and referring doctor an unparalleled high resolution view of the organ or body part being imaged. Ultimately resulting in a more efficient and accurate diagnosis of the patients disease process.