Ingalls offers the most advanced open MRI system available today, as well as a high-field MRI scanner that enables the most comprehensive clinical
capabilities in the industry. This method of diagnostic imaging, offered at multiple Ingalls locations, provides highly detailed pictures of the body
and allows us to examine you without exposure to potentially harmful X-ray radiation. Open MRIs are just that — open on all four sides, allowing
a family member or friend to stay with you and hold your hand during the procedure.
Why Choose Ingalls for Your MRI?
When the health of your family is at stake, it’s important your physician has access to the finest resources to make an accurate diagnosis. At Ingalls,
we have a long history of offering the latest technology to diagnose and treat patients more effectively and less invasively, including through the most
advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment available anywhere. For your convenience, we offer MRI at four locations throughout the South Suburbs.
- Superior image quality that offers doctors the most detailed pictures of your anatomy
- A spacious opening and shorter bore length for maximum patient comfort, especially for patients with claustrophobia
- Soothing lighting and decor
- Personal earphones for listening to music
- Scheduling of your exam available within 2 days
- Results given to your doctor within 24 hours
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a highly sophisticated way to look inside the body without using X-rays. Using a powerful but harmless magnetic field
and radiowaves, MRI can obtain detailed images of bone, soft tissue, organs and most other internal structures.
The strength of MRI is measured in units called Tesla. A 3 Tesla (3T) magnet is nearly twice as strong as a 1.5T magnet and allows radiologists to obtain
very precise images of even the tiniest abnormalities. However, because most abnormalities can be clearly seen with a 1.5T MRI, 3T MRI is reserved for
specific types of medical issues.
Uses of MRI
MRI is especially valuable for diagnosing:
- Brain and nervous system disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain diseases and conditions of the spine
- Traumatic injuries
MRI plays an important role in the diagnosis, staging and treatment planning of cancer. MRI allows doctors to distinguish between normal and diseased tissue
to precisely pinpoint cancerous cells within the body. It is also useful for revealing metastases. Because MRI provides greater contrast within the soft tissues
of the body than a CT scan, it is often used for imaging the brain, spine, muscle, connective tissue and the inside of bones.
MRI can detect injuries, disorders and diseases affecting tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone marrow, etc. With the powerful 3T MRI available at our Flossmoor
Family Care Center, we can evaluate ligaments in the smallest joints, such as the hand, wrist, ankle and foot with unmatched clarity and precision.