When do you need an MRI scan?

A short heart to heart discussion

MR images are so detailed that we can take a pencil and clearly outline the various types of tissues in our body.

MR is super-good at imaging soft tissues

Soft tissues in our body are made up of a large proportion (about 70-90%) of water. When you sustain an injury or when an organ is diseased, the properties and amount of water in the tissue can change dramatically. This makes MRI an excellent imaging tool because it is based upon the sensitivity towards alteration in water properties in the region or organ of interest.

Tuning the black, white and shades of gray

Different tissues have different brightness on MR images. It is this image contrast that allow us to differentiate which tissue is which, including abnormal tissues. For example, in the brain, stroke is bright and normal brain tissue is gray. In the knee, a tear in the meniscus, which is the knee’s cushion, is bright and normal meniscus is black.

In reality however, it is not that straightforward as to roses are red and violets are blue because there are other variables to navigate through. But you get the idea.

Fine tuning for the finer things

If your doctor suspects an injury or disease to do with soft tissues, MR really is the imaging modality of choice to aid diagnosis. The referral letter from your doctor will help us tailor techniques and protocols for your MR scan. Just like how a Michelin starred chef would combine his best ingredients for your fine dining experience. So, it’s time to leave the fine tuning and technical bits to us and we will get you the detailed answers you want to your soft tissues.
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