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When it comes to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Phelps is on the cutting edge.
Your doctor has chosen this noninvasive, painless imaging technology because it produces more highly detailed pictures than traditional x-rays or other imaging methods can capture of soft tissue, including internal organs, blood vessels, the brain, prostate, heart, and other parts of your body.
With both 1.5T and 3T MRI systems, Phelps has the most advanced adult and pediatric diagnostic capabilities. We also offer enterography, which provides precise visualization of the small bowel; elastography, which enables non-invasive detection of liver disease; and, the latest in prostate, breast, spine, brain, joint, and cardiac imaging technology.
Unlike traditional MRI machines that can be lumbering, loud, and claustrophobic, ours are fast, quiet and spacious, allowing your head to rest outside the machine for many types of exams.
Phelps provides a faster, quieter, and more spacious and relaxing MRI experience than traditional technology.
MRI exams are usually done on an outpatient basis. We will happily customize your appointment with your choice of music, mood lighting, and seven-days-a-week—sometimes same-day—appointment options, with after-work and weekend hours.
Phelps MRI Center accommodates all schedules.
We are open:
Monday – Friday: 6:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm
How does MRI work?
MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and other structures inside your body. You can’t feel the magnetism or radio waves.
Some MRIs require contrast, taken orally or as an injection, to help the radiologist better see certain body structures during the test.
Preparing for your MRI
The MRI creates a strong magnetic field. Your radiology technologist will ask you to remove jewelry, any objects containing metal, such as hairpins or barrettes, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and dentures. For your safety you will undergo medical screening prior to your exam. Alert your technologist about any medical or electronic devices, implants, or other metallic objects, in your body.
Our wide-bore MRI is spacious and helps to prevent a claustrophobic feeling
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy
Image-guided procedures, such as an MRI-guided breast biopsy, use computer-imaging techniques to guide a needle into the breast to collect cells or tissue from a suspicious area. We use this method to diagnose suspicious areas that can be seen on a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI with DynaCad but are too small to feel by touch. Our breast imaging specialists have developed and shown the benefits of this approach. For most women, this type of biopsy can spare them a more uncomfortable and expensive surgical biopsy. It may also enable doctors to make a diagnosis more quickly so that women may start their treatment sooner.
Our skilled radiologist performs the biopsy. He or she can pinpoint the exact location of the abnormal cells or tissue using x-ray, ultrasound, MRI with DynaCad, or other imaging techniques. Based on your individual case, the radiologist will determine which technique will be able to capture the best image.