Medical Imaging

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless non-invasive diagnostic procedure that allows physicians to see detailed images of the internal structures of your body without using X-rays. This technology uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan your body.

MRI scans illustrate more clearly than was ever before possible, the difference between healthy and diseased tissue, and can provide important information about the brain, spine, joints and internal organs. It can lead to early detection and treatment of disease and has no known side effects. Consequently, your physician will be better able to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

St. Michael's Hospital’s MRI department is equipped with two state-of-the-art 1.5 tesla MRI scanners, one of which is a cardiovascular magnet. Both scanners are high speed and are used for neurovascular imaging, orthopedic imaging, abdominal imaging and research. The cardiovascular magnet is also used for heart and vascular contrast enhanced studies. About 25 patients per day are scanned on each scanner.