Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly called an MRI, is an imaging test that uses magnets and radio waves to take images of the inside of your body. MRIs can help diagnose and even treat some diseases, including tumors, infection, injury and blood vessel disease.
MRI Expertise at the UVM Medical Center
At The University of Vermont Medical Center our team of radiologists and technologists work together to provide you with the best possible experience. Our special training includes:
- Our staff technologists who perform MRIs have credentials (or are eligible for them) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- All radiologists who interpret MRI results have completed imaging fellowships specific to MRI. That means, they spent an extra year studying this field to become experts.
What to Expect During an MRI
During an MRI you lay on a motorized moveable table that slides into the scanner. The MRI scanner is a long, body length tube with two openings at either end. We offer several advanced forms of MRI, including:
- 3T MRI Technology
- Breast MRI
- Functional MRI
3T MRI Technology
We use the latest equipment in MRI technology, including the 3 Tesla (3T) Philips MRI scanner. This machine takes higher-quality images at faster speeds than most MRI scanners. The benefits of the 3T scanner include:
- Scanning more than one area of the body or group of organs
- Analyzing blood flow of stroke victims and identifies regions of the brain at risk
- Provides very high-quality and detailed images of tiny structures in the body, such as blood vessels in the brain and nerves
- Improves treatment options by allowing our radiologists to study the size and thickness of heart chambers and calculate damage caused by heart attack or heart disease
Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) provides women who are at high risk for breast cancer with an alternative to mammograms. Breast MRI is a technology that does not use radiation during the imaging procedure and can detect cancers not revealed by mammograms and ultrasound tests. Women with dense breast tissue are also ideal candidates for breast MRI as this technology provides a better image to help identify abnormalities which are more difficult to see on a regular mammogram.
When you arrive to MRI for a breast imaging you will be asked to complete the VMR questionnaire. Each time you complete the information you provide in your VMR health questionnaire provides us with important information needed for your care and for the VMR breast cancer statistics. By completing the VMR questionnaire, you join the millions of women who share this information for breast cancer research.
Functional MRI (fMRI) is an advanced procedure that measures how your brain responds to sight, sound or finger tapping. We have a dedicated functional MRI lab to make sure our patients get the biggest benefit from this technology.
Functional MRI is used mostly in research. Your doctor may also use it to: