Alvarado Hospital patients can now benefit from its new, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the evaluation of brain tumors, stroke and musculoskeletal disorders. The new MRI is the final piece of a two-year "technical face-lift" in imaging services that includes the new cardiac cath lab, 64-slice CT scanner, RIS/PACS digital images, and ultrasound and echocardiography equipment.
The new MRI supports several specialty programs at Alvarado Hospital, including neuroscience, stroke, spine and orthopedics. It is housed in radiology, conveniently accessible to the emergency department and the rest of the hospital. This new technology is cost-effective and more comfortable for patients.
MR Angiography for Blood Vessel Imaging
Alvarado’s new MRI will also include MR angiography (MRA) for detailed images of blood vessels:
• intracranial blood vessels, often without contrast
• disease or aneurysms in the aorta, in either the chest or abdomen, or in other major blood vessels
• atherosclerosis in the carotid artery
• small, intracranial aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations
Evaluation of Joint and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Alvarado’s new MRI will be available for diagnosing joint and musculoskeletal conditions, including ruptured disks, arthritis or other causes of back pain. It will also be more effective in diagnosing ruptured ligaments, damaged cartilage or small fractures of the knee, shoulder or ankle that may not be seen on regular X-rays.