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MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive imaging technique that produces incredibly detailed cross-sectional images of your body without the use of radiation. Instead, you enter a tube-shaped machine that creates images through sound waves and a magnetic field.

MRI scanners can image parts of your body previously hidden from view by bone. These clear, detailed images allow physicians to pinpoint brain lesions, identify problems of the spinal column, heart, abdomen, and other organs and tissues.

The advantages of MRI

  • MRI can offer the most sensitive exam for spinal and joint problems so it’s widely used to diagnose sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. These images can expose very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the heart, aorta, coronary arteries and blood vessels is a fast, noninvasive tool for diagnosing coronary artery disease and heart problems. Physicians can examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease.
  • Organs of the chest and abdomen – including the lungs, liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas and abdominal vessels – can also be examined in high detail in MRI images, enabling the diagnosis and evaluation of tumors and functional disorders.
  • MRI contrast material is less likely to produce an allergic reaction than the iodine-based materials used for conventional X-rays and CT scanning.
  • Exposure to radiation is avoided.

3 Tesla (3T) MRI – stronger, faster and more advanced

Bristol Regional Medical Center and Franklin Woods Community Hospital are the only two hospitals in the region to offer the most powerful MRI technology available today – a new scanner with a magnet strength of 3.0 Tesla.

This painless, non-invasive procedure allows your doctor to see superior images with greater clarity than ever before, which means shorter scan time for patients and more accurate diagnosis of a variety of diseases and injuries.

Breast MRI

The American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines support what Ballad Health has already been doing for several years – offering breast MRI to women at high risk for breast cancer.

Available at the Imaging Center at Holston Valley Medical Center, breast MRI is more sensitive than a mammogram and therefore allows for better early detection. The ACS recommends that higher risk women combine an annual mammogram with breast MRI.

Learn more about the breast health services offered at Ballad Health.

Patients who cannot use MRI

An MRI exam is safe, simple and painless. However, because some metal interferes with the MRI machine, a patient cannot be examined if he or she has:

  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • A pacemaker or pacing wires
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Metal prosthesis within the body
  • An implanted spinal cord stimulator or brain stimulator
  • Pregnancy

It is very important that if you are pregnant or there is a possibility of pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding, that you inform your physician and the center personnel prior to your MRI.

The MRI procedure

A technologist will position you on the moveable examination table and an open frame will be positioned around the part of your body being scanned.

If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm.

You will then be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit, and the radiologist and technologist will leave the room while the MRI examination is performed.

When the examination is completed, you may be asked to wait until the technologist checks the images in case additional images are needed.

The entire examination is usually completed within 45 minutes.

Accredited, High-Quality Imaging

Several Ballad Health locations are accredited in MRI tests by the American College of Radiology (ACR). That means you benefit from:

  • Strict steps we take to make sure your test is performed the right way and leads to correct results
  • Highly qualified staff
  • Up-to-date technology

 

MRI Locations

103 W Stone Dr.
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 224-4050
36.5576411
-82.5518921
301 Med Tech Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 302-6239
36.3391233
-82.40187779999999
1230 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 764-2566
36.5659174
-82.2034361
1 Medical Park Boulevard
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 844-1121
36.5854658
-82.25680199999999
300 MedTech Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604
36.336104
-82.4020472
130 West Ravine Road
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 224-4000
36.5540128
-82.55483030000001
2000 Brookside Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 857-7000
36.5509222
-82.5143556
400 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 431-6111
36.3077445
-82.38424980000001
1901 South Shady Street
Mountain City, TN 37683
36.4533973
-81.7976793
16000 Johnston Memorial Drive
Abingdon, VA 24211
(276) 258-1000
36.7226195
-81.9117949
1420 Tusculum Boulevard
Greeneville, TN 37745
(423) 787-5000
36.1741198
-82.7904331
100 Fifteenth Street NW
Norton, VA 24273
36.931716
-82.6433645
58 Carroll Street
Lebanon, VA 24266
(276) 883-8000
36.8987894
-82.078453699999997
245 Medical Park Drive
Marion, VA 24354
36.852817
-81.4873597
1501 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
36.3460801
-82.2496719
2030 Temple Hill Road
Erwin, TN 37650
(423) 735-4700
36.1178583
-82.44441689999999