Musculoskeletal 3T MRI patient overview
Your bones, spine, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage provide stability and movement to your body. So, when injury or disease causes harm to your all-important musculoskeletal system, you want your Doctor to diagnose your problem so you can get moving again and get the appropriate treatment for pain.
3T MRI advantages
The 3T MRI at Nuada delivers twice the scanning strength of more common 1.5T MRI systems so producing much more precise and informative images.
Examples of the advantages include identifying minute tears in tendons or gradation of cartilage damage. This supports better decision making about what procedure, if any, is most appropriate for the patient.
In addition, the 3T helps with doctor-patient communication and setting expectations. The visual detail arms the surgeon with more information prior to an arthroscopy or other joint procedure. The orthopaedic surgeon can now tell a patient what to expect post-surgery. That is crucial information if you’re a mother with small children and require crutches for three months.
Orthopaedic surgeons also find the 3T useful in monitoring patients’ response to rheumatoid arthritis medications. The images can show the effectiveness of these medications in reducing inflammation and slowing joint damage.
Athletes can get quick resolution of sports-related injuries. The 3T technology can detect stress fractures caused by joint overuse such as repetitive jumping or long distance running. By showing close-up detail like the honeycomb pattern of the bone, tiny cracks are illuminated.