Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI at Methodist Health System

What is an MRI?

An MRI uses radio frequency waves (rather than radiation) and a strong magnetic field to produce clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.

This procedure, usually performed by the time a child reaches school age, is used to repair an atrial septal defect. The defect occurs in the wall between the heart's two atrial chambers, creating abnormal blood flow. The surgery involves closing the hole with a patch.

Who needs an MRI?

MRI can help diagnose a broad range of disorders and diseases including cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, neurological disorders, and disorders of the joints or musculoskeletal system. Because it doesn’t use radiation, MRI is often preferred for examining the reproductive system, pelvis, hips, or bladder.

MRI is available by the order of a physician.