The thing about technology is that just because a piece of technology is used primarily in one area of study doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as effective in another. Medical imaging is one of those fields. MRIs are one method of medical imaging that is used in other industries and other fields of medicine. You may be wondering, what do MRIs show us? Let’s explore how this valuable technology is bringing answers and ideas to all fields of people.
MRIs don’t only reveal what is happening currently to a body, they can give us information about what was happening to a body long after the person has passed away. Now, when explorers and archaeologists find skeletons or fossils, they will perform MRIs on the remains to determine things like age, height, race, cause of death and many other facts. Most recently, a 2,500 skeleton believed to be the remains of an ancient Pazyryk princess was found to have died from breast cancer. Incredible, isn’t it? Usually, only bones remain but they can still be used to gather tons of information. MRIs do not use radiation so scientists don’t have to worry about damaging fragile pieces or destroying DNA.
When a professional athlete has an injury, the first thing that is done is to take him or her for an MRI. MRIs are the best for professional athletes because their injuries are typically musculoskeletal like hairline fractures, ACL tears, sprains and concussions. MRIs are the best equipment to examine these kinds of injuries because they can look through several layers of bone, muscles and joints and see right to the area that is damaged. By being sure of the injury, coaches and athletes can plan accordingly.
What do MRIs show us besides how history and injury? Medical conditions of course. MRIs are primarily used for diagnosis and determining disease conditions. MRIs use the power of magnet and radio waves to take images of the organs and tissues. MRIs are particularly adept at examining the vascular system, helping to aid the discovery of heart conditions like blocked arteries, holes and high blood pressure. MRIs are also used for determining the presence of cancer. While biopsy are what confirms that diagnosis, if a physician has a suspension that cells might be cancerous, they will likely schedule an MRI appointment.
MRIs are also primarily used in different kinds of research. For example, thanks to MRI technology, doctors are getting closer to finding the gene variant that results in Alzheimer’s. One recent study has used MRIs to reveal that there are definitive biomarkers that can predict and validate a condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome. These and other health issues are getting more illumination thanks to the information gleaned from MRI tests.
MRIs provide so much valuable information without becoming invasive or causing pain making them the preferred choice for many kinds of institutions. To find out more information about MRIs or what they are used for, visit our MRI Service Page or call Doctors Imaging in Metairie at 504-833-8111.