Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio-frequency (RF) pulses within a magnetic field to create detailed images throughout the body. Particular strengths are in detailed images of the brain, spine, musculoskeletal system, and blood vessels. MRI is one of a variety of diagnostic imaging technologies, including conventional and digital X-ray, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and nuclear medicine. Each plays a vital, complementary role in modern medical diagnosis. However, unlike other imaging modalities, MRI is completely painless and without side effects. No x-rays are used. MRI is sometimes used to avoid the dangers of angiography, repeated exposure to x-rays, or for patients who cannot receive x-ray contrast.
Conditions such as tumours, strokes, multiple sclerosis, herniated discs, ligament tears, and plaques in blood vessels can be exquisitely diagnosed using MRI. Every scan that is conducted at Kingston MRI will be medically indicated and ordered by a physician certified with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Kingston MRI uses two state-of-the-art Philips Achieva MRI units.