Magnetic Resonance Imaging

All procedures will be performed by a trained MRI Technologist and interpreted by a board certified and state licensed Radiologist. MRI equipment meets all local, state and federal requirements. Oral contrast, non-contrast and intravenous contrast procedures are available upon request. CDI can provide MRI services at any facility that does not already have an electrical hook-up or pad.

Procedures offered:

  • Abdomen
  • Brain/Head
  • Chest
  • Lower Extremity
  • Upper Extremity
  • Hip
  • Orbits
  • Pelvis
  • Spine - Cervical
  • Spine - Lumbar
  • Spine - Thoracic
  • Temporomandibular Joint
  • Wrist
  • Ankle
  • Knee
  • Shoulder


MRI contrast agents are used to help provide a clear picture during MRI. MRI is a special kind of diagnostic procedure. It uses magnets and computers to create images or "pictures" of certain areas inside the body. Unlike x-rays, it does not involve ionizing radiation.

Recent advances in technology have resulted in development and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new paramagnetic contrast agents for MRI which allow even better visualization in some instances. Because cortical (outer layer) bone and metallic prostheses do not cause distortion of MR images, it has been possible to visualize certain lesions and body regions with greater certainty than has been possible with CT. The use of MRI on certain soft tissue structures for the purpose of detecting disruptive, neoplastic, degenerative, or inflammatory lesions has now become established in medical practice.

When a contrast MRI is necessary, the use of paramagnetic contrast materials may be used as part of the study. MRI may also be used to detect and stage pelvic and retroperitoneal neoplasms, and to evaluate disorders of cancellous bone and soft tissues. It may also be used in the detection of pericardial thickening. Primary and secondary bone neoplasm and aseptic necrosis can be detected at an early stage and monitored with MRI. Patients with metallic prostheses, especially of the hip, can be imaged in order to detect the early stages of infection of the bone to which the prothesis is attached. MRI contrast agents are given by injection before or during MRI to help diagnose problems or diseases of the brain or the spine. MRI contrast agents may also be used to diagnose other conditions as determined by the doctor.