Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic tool that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequencies to capture data that is sent to a specialized computer, which produces highly detailed images of joints, soft tissues and bones. MRI’s ability to capture musculoskeletal (MSK) structures and tissues makes it a superior test for isolating the source and extent of MSK injuries, diseases and degenerative disorders. No x-ray or ionizing radiation of any kind is needed to perform an MRI, making it a safe but thorough diagnostic tool.
MRI is particularly helpful in diagnosing degenerative problems like osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, which affects a large segment of the population, especially as people get older. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and can be caused by blunt force trauma, overuse injuries and, most commonly, the simple act of aging, as the cartilage that cushions the bones wears out, creating pain, inflammation, a grinding bone-on-bone sensation and limited flexibility.
MRI can see deeply into the body to view joints, including the spine, knees, hips and shoulders, as well as muscles, ligaments and tendons, to find disease, injury, malformation and other causes of pain and dysfunction. In some cases, a contrast agent is injected into a vein, where it travels to the area being studied to highlight details. MRI is a highly effective test for determining the presence of osteoarthritis, tears and sprains, tissue inflammation, herniated disks, tumors and other common MSK ailments.
RAO maintains ongoing accreditation from the American College of Radiology in MRI technologies, ensuring our adherence to safety, quality and accuracy. RAO features radiologists who specialize in MSK imaging for a quick, precise diagnosis, so you can begin appropriate care to help you return to the activities and life you cherish.
Radiology Associates of Ocala offers the latest, most advanced MRI technology at our TimberRidge Imaging Center, Medical Imaging Center and Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks.