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MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

At Hendrick Radiology and Imaging, we have extended hours to meet your busy lifestyle. Our pleasant staff is available for MRI six days a week and is on call 24/7 for emergencies. We work with specialized radiologists who interpret your study assuring a precise report. We have one of the strongest Tesla magnets to insure superior imaging. We are the only facility here capable of advanced monitoring by the anesthesia department if necessary. We are Abilene’s exclusive MR breast imaging center, providing an alternative to mammography.

Cutting-edge MRI technology produces better soft-tissue images than x-rays or CT and is often used to image the brain, spine, thorax, breast, vascular system and musculoskeletal system, such as the knee and shoulder. It uses no radiation, and no side effects of the magnet have been found. It is the best way to visualize and image nerves.

What to Expect

Magnetic Resonance Imaging can be a lengthy study but the information can be vital. In some instances, technologists use a coil to help control and receive the signal sent into and back from your body. You will be asked to remain very still during your examination for an optimal study. Once the large tube (called a gantry) is activated, you will hear a series of loud clicks and bangs. There are headphones available if the sound is bothersome to you. Sometimes the MR technologist will need to start an IV to inject a contrast called gadolinium. This contrast can be important to highlighting anatomy.