Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to “see” inside the body. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create detailed pictures that physicians use to identify tumors, diseases or other conditions in the body’s musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, organs and soft tissue.

Geisinger’s highly specialized radiology physicians have passed rigorous exams (are board certified) and use MRI technology to produce diagnostic state-of-the-art 2-D images, as well as post-processed 3-D images that are more detailed and diagnostic than standard MRI alone.

With 2-D and 3-D MR images, our physicians produce faster, more accurate diagnoses, in preparation for medical therapy, and for surgery, when necessary.

What you should know about MRI 

  • MRI is performed on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, is noninvasive, and painless, requiring only that you lie still for short periods of time in some of our new wide bore scanners.
  • Unlike plain X-rays and CT scans, MRI does not use ionizing radiation.
  • MRI is used to evaluate the brain and spine, organs in the chest, abdomen and pelvic areas as well as to examine blood vessels and lymph nodes. Radiology physicians use MRI to diagnose and monitor a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Conditions treated through MRI

MRI delivers accurate and detailed images that are used to diagnose and treat a range of conditions, including:

  • Tumors in chest, abdomen, pelvis
  • Stroke
  • Diseases of the liver
  • Heart problems
  • Malformations or inflammation of blood vessels
  • GI problems, including inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain tumors

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