MRI procedures on all body parts with or without contrast and 3D reconstruction per radiologist’s protocol.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way of viewing organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI uses radio waves passed through a powerful magnetic field to produce clear and detailed pictures that cannot otherwise be obtained from X-ray or ultrasound. While an x-ray is good at showing bones, an MRI lets your health care provider see structures made of soft tissue such as ligaments and cartilage and organs. Health care providers use MRI’s to diagnose problems in the brain and spinal cord, to see the size and locations of tumors and to examine joints and soft tissues. Injuries to any part of the body show up well on an MRI and lead to the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
At Maxim MRI we use DynaWell L-Spine and NeuroQuant Brain Imaging
The DynaWell L-Spine was developed to specifically apply gravity to a patient’s spine (axial loading) in supine position to simulate the upright or standing position when scanned in a conventional, high resolution MRI. DynaWell is a light weight vest with attached footplate that compresses the lumbar spinal canal to simulate what it looks like when a patient is standing, that is when sciatica and neurogenic claudication (symptoms commonly associated with spinal stenosis) are most pronounced. The device is compact, easy to use, there is no pressure placed on the shoulders and all parts are non-magnetic. The benefits of using DynaWell L-Spine are more relevant, enhanced images, maximum patient comfort, it accurately simulates an upright position, it keeps the spine in its correct anatomical position, it is an advanced approach to diagnosing previously undetected problems and minimizes motion artifacts vs. stand-up imaging techniques. Scanning patients with low back pain and injuries is proven to add 60-70% more information for better and more accurate diagnoses and treatment.
NeuroQuant is a medical device software that is a convenient and cost effective means to get reliable and objective results by automatically segmenting and measuring volumes of brain structures and comparing these volumes to norms. The use of NeuroQuant helps physicians reduce the subjectivity of their diagnostic process. NeuroQuant brings quantified measurements of neurodegeneration straight to the specialist’s desktop. NeuroQuant is intended for automatic labeling, visualization and volumetric quantification of segmentable brain structures from a set of MR images. This software automates the current manual process by providing volumetric measurements of brain structures and comparing the volumes to a normative database adjusted for age, gender and intracranial volume. It is a powerful tool to help evaluate patients from age 3 to 100.
NeuroQuant: (Click to read more about NeuroQuant)
- Supports the physician’s clinical impression with quantitative numbers
- Provides clinicians with objective data to help in the assessment of patients’ prognoses and clinical courses
- Helps physicians identity and assess neurodegeneration in its earliest stages to aid in treatment and lifestyle planning for patients
- Delivers more accurate and consistent brain segmentation in all age patients
- Provides personalized segmentation vs one size fits all
- Validated over thousands of clinical cases
- Greater scan-to-scan precision for longitudinal follow-up
Why use Maxim MRI?
We consistently deliver high-quality, consumer-focused, cost effective imaging. We are one of the few MRI Centers in Michigan to use DynaWell L-Spine Compression Device MRI’s for the most accurate diagnoses of the spine and NeuroQuant medical device software for the most accurate, quantitative brain imaging.
SUSCEPTIBILITY WEIGHTED IMAGING (SWI)
Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) is a relatively new magnetic resonance (MR) technique that provides innovative sources of contrast enhancement visualizing the changes in magnetic susceptibility that are caused by different substances like iron, hemorrhage or calcium. The detection of micro-hemorrhages, shearing, and diffuse axonal injury (DAI) in trauma patients is often difficult as the injuries tend to be relatively small in size and can be easily missed by low resolution scans. SWI is usually run at relatively high resolution (1 mm3) and is extremely sensitive to bleeding in the gray matter/white matter boundaries making it is possible to see very small lesions increasing the ability to detect more subtle injuries. SWI is used to help diagnose Traumatic Brian Injuries, Stroke, Occult Vascular Disease and Tumors.