Brain imaging can look at the brain for evaluation of tumors, aneurysms, bleeding in the brain, nerve injury, and other problems, such as damage caused by a stroke. A brain MRI can also find problems of the orbits (eyes and optic nerves), internal auditory canals (ears and auditory nerves), and pituitary gland disorders.
The facial orbit is the cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye and its appendages are situated. Orbital imaging is used to discover tumors, infection, chronic diseases, and optic neuropathy. Other conditions evaluated with orbital imaging include papilledema (swelling head of the optic nerve), enlarged eye muscles (seen in thyroid conditions), infection or tumors of the lacrimal gland, and enlargement of vessels that supply and drain the eye area.
The pituitary gland is a pea sized structure in the middle of your brain just behind your eyes. It sits inside a bone cavity called the sella dorsica. The gland is attached to the brain by a thin stalk called the infundibulum. Pituitary gland MRIs are used to discover tumors of the pituitary gland, such as microadenomas, craniopharyngiomas, apoplexy tumors, and cysts.
The IAC contains the 8th cranial nerve (among other structures). This is a large nerve that conducts hearing and balance signals from your inner ear structures. This nerve can become damaged, inflamed or give rise to a tumor commonly called an "acoustic neuroma." Most IAC MRIs are ordered to rule out an acoustic neuroma in patients who are experiencing dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, fullness, for example.
Pituitary Gland MRI
MRA or magnetic resonance angiography is a type of magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan. MRI scans are used to look at blood vessels, and the flow of blood through them is called magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). An MRA evaluates blood vessels. The blood vessels in the neck (carotid and vertebral arteries) and brain are frequently studied by MRA to look for areas of narrowing or dilatation. In the abdomen, the arteries supplying blood to the kidneys are also frequently examined with this technique. The extremities (arms, legs) can also be studied for narrowing. MRA scans can find problems of the arteries and veins, such as an aneurysm, a blocked blood vessel, or the torn lining of a blood vessel (dissection). Sometimes contrast material is used to see the blood vessels more clearly. Like an MRI, magnetic resonance angiograms (MRA) use a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of blood vessels inside the body.
Musculoskeletal imaging can evaluate virtually all of the bones and joints, derangement, infection, inflammation, post-trauma, and tumors. Soft tissue evaluation includes tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and bone injuries. MRI can help diagnose various mass compositions and vascular pathologies.
Pelvic imaging investigates pathology and detection of local invasion of rectal vascular pathologies, assessing the anatomy in peri-anal fistulaes, infection, and inflammation. For women, pelvic MRI is used to evaluate the ovaries and uterus as follow-up to an ultrasound exam which showed an abnormality, or cervical carcinomas, and to evaluate endometrial cancer. For men, pelvic MRI is sometimes used to evaluate prostate cancer.
The brachial plexus represents a complex network of nerves formed from the ventral rami of the lower cervical nerves (C5-C8) and the greater portion of the ventral ramus of the first thoracic nerve (T1). The ventral rami or roots coalesce to form trunks, divisions, cords, and branches, which provide motor and sensory innervation to the upper limb and thorax. Brachial plexus imaging allows for visualization of a wide range of pathologies such as birth trauma, high-speed trauma, neoplasms (intrinsic or extrinsic masses) or post-radiation injury.
Abdominal imaging is most frequently used to further evaluate an abnormality seen on another test, such as an Ultrasound (US) or Computed Tomography (CT) scan. The MRI exam is usually tailored to look at specific organs or tissues, such as the liver, adrenal glands, kidneys or pancreas, various tumors, congenital abnormalities, and metabolic disorders.
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. This is used to help evaluate tumors, stones, inflammation or infection, and to evaluate patients with pancreatitis to detect the underlying cause.
Spine imaging includes the anatomy of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and lumbosacral region. MRI scans are most commonly used to evaluation herniated discs or narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) in patients with neck, arm, back and/or leg pain. It is also the imaging tool to look for a recurrent disc herniation in a patient who has had prior back surgery.
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