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There are many reasons for doctors to order MRI scans of their patients. The detailed images obtained from an open MRI scan can help your doctor diagnose your symptoms and recommend a method of treatment. From Cancer to Arthritis to torn ligaments and tendons, your MRI at Total Imaging MRI will provide valuable insight into your health. The following is a condensed list of conditions that may call for an MRI scan.


An MRI is a safe way to diagnose symptoms in the head like headaches, strokes, hormonal disorders, bleeding in the brain, confusion or memory loss, and infections. It is used to search for brain tumors, infections, birth defects, developmental anomalies, and brain fluid. Other diagnoses include: epilepsy or seizures, hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, eye or inner ear conditions, pituitary gland disorders, hormonal disorders like galactorrhea and acromegaly, or dementia.


An MRI’s high contrast between normal and abnormal tissue is instrumental in detecting cancer and tumors. In some cases, MRI imaging will show whether or not a section of abnormal tissue is benign or malignant. Multiple MRI scans can help a doctor monitor the changes in malignant cells and develop future treatment plans.


For patients with a sport-related injury an MRI will help doctors determine severity of the injury and the fastest recovery path. Sports-related injuries include torn ligaments and tendons, groin pulls, dislocated shoulders, hamstring injuries, concussions, fine bone fractures, sprains, and muscle strain.


MRI’s help find the unknown causes of upper and lower joint conditions like degenerative disorders and rheumatoid arthritis; swelling and bleeding of surrounding joint tissues; and pain from disorders like lupus, gout, or fibromyalgia. Knee pain, build-up of knee joint fluid, and an inability to support weight are also reasons a patient may need an MRI.


An MRI can be used to check for common heart problems like heart attack damage, heart disease, and heartburn. Also, any heart pain, tumors, injury, or lymph node system conditions.