Using magnets to get to the root of the problem

In order to make your healthcare experience easier and more convenient, Great Basin Orthopaedics (GBO) recently installed a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, better known as an MRI. This means that GBO patients will now be able to have exams, x-rays, MRIs and even physical therapy all in one location.

“GBO prides itself on a patient-centered approach,” said Practice Administrator Kimberly Gulling. “By having this machine on-site we are able to meet our patient’s needs all in one place, making it easier and more convenient for the patient.”

With this new addition in mind, here are some facts about MRIs:

  • An MRI scan uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to create a detailed, cross-sectional image of internal organs and structures.
  • The procedure is non-invasive and painless.
  • MRIs are often used to identify bone fractures too small for x-rays.
  • Because the MRI uses a magnet to collect images, items made of metal are not allowed near an MRI.
  • MRI scans typically take between 20 and 60 minutes, depending upon what part of the body is being examined.

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From NationalMagLab.org:

  • MRI scans can display more than 250 distinct shades of gray, each reflecting slight variations in tissue density or water content. 
  • In 2003, Paul C. Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries related to the technology.

Related: The Ultimate MRI Quiz

And Medical News Today shares:

  • Raymond Damadian created the first MRI full-body scanner, which he nicknamed the Indomitable.
  • The first MRI exam performed on a human being took place on July 3, 1977.

If you’d like to learn more about the wonders of the MRI or review options to make you feel better, give GBO a call at 775-786-1600.