Imaging of the Brain: MRI is the most sensitive imaging test of the head (particularly of the brain) in routine clinical practice. MRI of the head is performed to help diagnose:
- tumors of the brain
- developmental anomalies of the brain
- vascular anomalies of the head (aneurysm, for example)
- disorders of the eyes and the inner ear
- disease in the pituitary gland
- certain chronic disorders of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis
- causes of headache.
Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System: MRI is often used to study the knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. MRI is also a highly accurate method for evaluation of soft tissue structures such as tendons and ligaments, which are seen in great detail. Even subtle injuries can be detected. In addition, MRI is used for the diagnosis of spinal problems including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and spinal tumors.
Sports Medicine Imaging: Patients of orthopedic and sports medicine physicians have special needs when it comes to diagnostic imaging. They require the most advanced digital imaging tests not only for an accurate diagnosis, but also to assist in surgical planning. The radiologists of Santa Fe Imaging have undergone extensive subspecialty training in musculoskeletal imaging as well as interventional radiology procedures for diagnosis and management. Our advanced high field MRI produces exceptionally detailed images of bony structures in less time and with less discomfort than older generations of equipment. And our extensive experience with sports injury imaging has made us a leading choice for athletes and schools throughout Northern New Mexico.
Imaging for Cancer & Functional Disorders: Organs of the chest and abdomen such as the liver, lungs, kidney, and other abdominal organs can be examined in great detail with MRI. This aids in the diagnosis and evaluation of tumors and functional disorders. In the early diagnosis of breast cancer, MRI is an alternative to traditional x-ray mammography. Furthermore because there is no radiation exposure is involved, MRI is often used for examination of the male and female reproductive systems, including prostate MRI.