When an MRI Makes Sense

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Has your doctor suggested an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to diagnose your disease or injury or monitor treatment progress? MRI imaging offers valuable insight into many different body regions, organs, and tissues. They are especially useful in treating health issues impacting soft tissues like your brain, organs, fat, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph. This blog will discuss when an MRI makes sense to use as a diagnostic tool for your condition. 

What is an MRI?

MRIs do not expose your body to damaging ionizing radiation, unlike X-rays or CT scans. MRIs instead use powerful magnets, radio waves, and computer imaging to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Images produced are cross-sectional, like a sliced loaf of bread, providing more detailed information than other imaging services. Your body is placed into a large tube for scanning. Depending on the test, contrast dyes injections may be necessary to produce clearer imagery. 

Common Reasons to Get an MRI

Doctors rely on MRIs to diagnose a variety of problems throughout the body: 

·       Brain issues

o   Stroke or aneurysm

o   Brain or spinal cord injury

o   Multiple sclerosis

o   Epilepsy

o   Cancer/tumors


·       Issues impacting the head

o   Eye and inner ear problems


·       Heart issues

o   Structural defects

o   Heart disease

o   Heart attack damage

o   Pericarditis


·       Problems impacting the blood vessels

o   Blocked blood vessels

o   Problems with the aorta


·       Bone and joint problems

o   Joint damage

o   Arthritis

o   Infections

o   Spinal and nerve issues

o   Cancer


·       Organ health

o   Problems affecting the liver and pancreas

o   Kidney problems

o   Prostate issues

o   Breast cancer screening and treatment 

Contraindications to MRI Imaging 

Because MRIs use magnets to produce imagery, you may be advised to avoid them in favor of other imaging services if you have metal inside your body. If you use a pacemaker, defibrillator, insulin pump, cochlear implant, fillings, metal joints/pins, or other metal-based foreign objects or devices, be sure to discuss possible interactions with your doctor. Microsurgical clips or coils used to open vessels post-heart attack or aneurysm and tattoos may also cause issues. 

Direct Imaging of Yakima Offers Low-Cost, Convenient MRI Options


When you need MRI services in Yakima, you don’t have to drive into Seattle, Tacoma, or Spokane. Our conveniently located Yakima Valley imaging center offers fast service, more detailed reads, and lower pricing than hospital services. We’re here to serve the community, from Yakima, Ellensburg, and Selah, to Cle Elum, Sunnyside, and Kittitas. We accept a range of insurance, including Medicare, offering multiple payment options to meet your needs. 

When an MRI makes sense for your condition, get the MRI imaging services you need close to home for less. Contact Direct Imaging of Yakima at 509-902-8857 to schedule an appointment today.

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