Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio energy to make pictures of organs and other structures inside the body allowing doctors to diagnose and identify possible medical conditions. An MRI can show problems that cannot be seen with an X-ray or other imaging techniques. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.

An MRI test is painless and comfortable. You will lie on a padded table while the test is taking place. The accuracy and speed of our MRI scanners means that you will be done quickly and your doctor will have to run few, if any, follow-up scans.

Methodist Health System offers the following types of MRI:

Conventional and Functional MRI

The conventional MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. The magnetic field, along with a radio frequency, alters the hydrogen atoms' natural alignment in the body. Computers are then used to form images of a body structure or organ based on the activity of the hydrogen atoms.

The strength of the magnet impacts both the image resolution and the scan time. Methodist Health System is proud to offer our patients both 1.5T and 3.0T technology, which enables faster and higher resolutions scans, resulting in superb image quality and potentially more accurate diagnosis.

Functional MRI (fMRI) - available at HealthWest

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) uses MR imaging to measure the tiny metabolic changes that take place in an active part of the brain. fMRI* can be used to:

  • Examine the anatomy of the brain
  • Determine precisely which part of the brain is handling critical functions such as thought, speech, movement and sensation
  • Monitor the growth and function of brain tumors
  • Help assess the effects of stroke, trauma or degenerative disease (such as Alzheimer’s) on brain function
  • Assist in the planning of surgery, radiation therapy, or other surgical treatments for the brain including planning for seizure surgery, replacing more invasive testing
  • *This enhancement was made possible through generous support from Leap for a Cure and the Methodist Hospital Foundation.

High-Field Open MRI - available at West Dodge Medical Plaza

Many people worry that getting an MRI scan might be confining and uncomfortable. But with the Philips Panorama 1.0T MRI, the widest, most open high-field MRI system made today, those worries vanish. And while you’ll find the Panorama MRI comfortable, your doctor will find the image quality unmatched. That means better diagnoses and fewer rescans.

Awards and accreditation

 

Accredited by the American College of Radiology

MRI services at Methodist Hospital, Methodist HealthWest and West Dodge Medical Plaza are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The MRI Accreditation Program evaluates staff qualifications, quality control, MR safety policies and image quality.


Contact

Methodist Hospital Imaging
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114

402-354-4001, ext. 11