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At Twin Cities Orthopedics, we provide patients with access to the latest technologies.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an imaging method used to view internal body structures using the combination of a large magnetic field along with radiofrequency waves. An MRI is a large, noninvasive device that utilizes the properties of magnetism to create high-quality, three-dimensional, internal images of the body to help evaluate bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and many other soft tissue structures. MRI scans are so precise, they may even differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissue before symptoms occur. MRI has been used successfully to diagnose abnormalities in all parts of the body, making it one of the most versatile diagnostic tools available today.
An MRI requires no ionizing radiation; it is a safe procedure for most patients. All patients are screened before undergoing an MRI and only those patients with certain implanted devices or metallic fragments could potentially be at risk for injury. Your safety during the procedure is of the utmost importance to our staff and physicians. You will be asked several questions and will change into MRI-approved attire before the procedure to ensure your safety.
Most MRI exams last 30–40 minutes and require stillness. The length of your exam depends on the type of study your doctor has ordered. An MRI scan is painless; you can expect to hear a buzzing or drumming sound during the procedure. However, all TCO locations provide hearing protection and most offer a choice of music to listen to during the scan as well. Following your exam, a radiologist will review and interpret your images within 24 to 48 hours. The interpretation is forwarded to your physician who will then develop a personalized treatment plan.
TCO’s extremity and weight-bearing CT scanners utilize cone-beam CT technology. This innovative technology creates highly detailed, three-dimensional images of the extremities’ bony structures. CT is particularly useful when minor bony injuries are suspected or when complicated fractures need better evaluation. Weight-bearing technology allows your physician to view your joints under the stress of gravity to more accurately depict the injury’s true nature or healing process.
Cone-beam CT technology also uses significantly less ionizing radiation than conventional CT, has higher detail, and takes less than 5 minutes. We are able to scan all hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet of patients in a number of different positions while ensuring comfort throughout the exam. There is no hard table to lie on and all exams can be done seated, if necessary.