What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases.

3T MRI at Erlanger

Compared to traditional MRI systems, the 3T MRI provides increased comfort, speed, and detail that is tailored to the patients specific needs. The Open Bore design provides plenty of room and can hold up to 550lbs. The open design is ideal for clautrophobic patients. The 3T MRI has the latest technology allowing exams to be faster and more efficient, meaning less time waiting and holding still. Because the 3T magnet is so powerful, better images are taken showing more detail and allowing for greater confidence when making a diagnosis.

The 3T MRI is located at the downtown location, the Baroness Hospital.

Photo of an MRI machine