MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), a non-invasive procedure in radiology, is used to study the anatomy of a patient through the use of magnetic fields, field gradients, and radio waves. These are then reconstructed into images by a special computer. An MRI is considered to be advanced in cross sectional imaging, as is a CT. MRI’s are also used in research as well as diagnostic procedures because of their high versatility. Today’s medical imaging has taken a considerable advancement with the 3T MRI. This new breakthrough technology is a great step for the field of radiology. From lower strength MRIs to 3T MRIs, it provides patients with improved options for diagnosis. The Radiology Clinic offers 3T MRI’s to residents of Gaithersburg MD and is happy to provide their patients with the latest technology.
Who Can Benefit from 3T MRI by Bethesda MD?
Many patients benefit from 3T MRI. Because the images are more precise, the clinical information derived from them is more detailed and can allow for better diagnoses and treatment plans.
How Should I Prepare for 3T MRI?
As with any procedure, talk to your doctor before undergoing the 3T MRI procedure. Make sure he or she is aware of any surgeries you have had, and whether or not you have implants, surgical screws, or other metallic devices. 3T MRI by Bethesda MD needs to know these things in order to get an accurate image. Click here to read more about preparation for MRI’s.
What Should I Expect From 3T MRI?
Do not eat or drink right before the procedure, as nausea can be one side effect. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Let the team be aware if you have asthma, claustrophobia, or other conditions that could be aggravated by being in an enclosed space. Our team of friendly professionals provides great service and will make your experience as smooth as possible. Even if you are claustrophobic, our scanner, the environment, and our caring technologists will ease your mind and get you through our procedure. At the Radiology Clinic, we consider all variables to make our patients as comfortable as possible along with improved scan times to limit patient waiting.
What Do My Results Mean?
Your results will be interpreted by our expert fellowship trained board-certified Radiologists. A report will be sent out to your physician usually the same day. During your visit, the procedure will be explained in detail by our expert technologists. With 3T MRI by Bethesda MD, we strive to communicate effectively with our patients.
At The Radiology Clinic we offer the latest, state of the art equipment from Hologic*, the industry leader in advanced breast imaging equipment. ALL mammograms performed at The Radiology Clinic include 3D Tomosynthesis, also known as a “Digital Mammogram”. Studies show that Mammograms performed using 3D Tomosynthesis increase diagnostic efficacy of the study and reduce false positives. This means a more accurate examination with less room for error.
In addition to our technology, ALL mammograms performed at The Radiology Clinic are read by a fellowship trained Breast Radiologist. Fellowship training means that a radiologist has completed additional training in a specific field of radiology; this makes the interpretation more accurate and ensures that we are able to provide the highest quality of radiology reporting.
Breast MRI is a specialized MRI study that provides a high resolution examination of the breasts using a specialized protocol and custom breast MRI coil (you can think of a coil as a camera that takes the pictures within the machine).
Breast MRI studies are typically ordered to follow up abnormal findings from previous imaging studies like a mammogram or breast ultrasound. A suspicious lump or mass is the most common reason to order a breast MRI. Patients with extremely cystic or dense breasts, or patients with a strong family or personal history of breast cancer can also benefit from the 3D imaging provided by a breast MRI. Patients being evaluated for a breast implant rupture may also be prescribed a breast MRI. Using a high resolution implant protocol, ruptures are easily seen.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans are a special type of imaging procedure that allows radiologists to see the metabolic activity, or function, of tissues and organs within the body. PET scans near Gaithersburg MD are particularly useful for evaluating cancer or tumors and if they have metastasized into other areas of the body. PET scans are also used to evaluate cancers after treatment to assess the effectiveness of the treatment itself.
The Radiology Clinic is Montgomery County’s premier Radiology practice near Gaithersburg MD. Our providers are all board-certified, fellowship-trained Radiologists with decades of experience. Each PET scan is protocoled and tailored by a Radiologist to produce the most accurate examination for each patient and their underlying medical condition. Results are carefully reviewed and communicated to the ordering provider. Our Radiologists near Gaithersburg MD, regularly confer with our local referring physician community to ensure that each patient is scanned and diagnosed appropriately based on their underlying medical condition and stage of treatment.
The Radiology Clinic uses the latest PET technology to produce the highest quality imaging and the most comfortable experience for the patient. Our PET scanner utilizes the latest dose-reduction techniques to minimize radiation exposure. The bore of the scanner is the largest on the market at 90 cm. This provides the patient with a comfortable and roomy examination, especially for those who may be claustrophobic.