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Spice Isle Imaging Center - Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic Service
 
MRI
Labs 
 
This is a medical imaging technique most commonly used in radiology to visualize the internal structure and function of the body.

An MRI scan can be used as an extremely accurate method of disease detection throughout the body. In the head, trauma to the brain can be seen as bleeding or swelling.

Other abnormalities often found include:
Brain and nervous system disorders, such as
  tumors, multiple sclerosis, certain spinal conditions and stroke
Problems caused by injury
Problems affecting tendons,
Cartilage, ligaments and bone marrow
Cancer in some organs and tissues.

Our MRI machine is an open MRI, which means it is not fully enclosed. It is the only open MRI unit in the Caribbean.

HOW DOES MRI WORK?
A large magnet surrounds the body
Radio waves send images to a computer
The images appear on a computer screen
The images are recorded for permanent storage

CAN PREGNANT WOMEN HAVE MRI SCANS?
Since the long-term effects of MRI are not fully understood, pregnant women are usually not advised to have MRI scans. However, MRI may be recommended in certain cases.

ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS I NEED TO MAKE KNOWN?
It is important to notify the person performing the test of any illness, allergy, or previous drug reaction.

For an "ordinary" MRI, no special preparation is required, but leave any jewelry or other metal objects at home.

Under certain conditions, specialized MRIs require dietary restrictions provided by the physician.

These situations  include:

When the MRI requires injection or ingestion of a contrast agent (a dye used for image enhancement)
When sedation or anesthesia is necessary
Other special considerations
It is important to notify the person performing the test of any illness, allergy, or previous drug reaction.

   

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