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    MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of imaging technology’s most advanced medical diagnostic tools. MRI involves the use of a powerful magnet, radio waves and computer technology to create images. It allows a physician to see detailed images of the body and internal organs without surgery or the use of radiation. MRI can evaluate virtually all areas of the body is often used to visualize the brain, spine, bones, joints, abdomen and pelvis. The detailed images can detect subtle abnormalities such as disc abnormalities in the spine and tendon and ligament tears in the shoulder and knee.

    Unlike low-field open or standing MRI scanners, the MRI scanners at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center are conventional, state-of-the-art, high-field magnets including a 3Tesla magnet. These provide the highest quality images and are interpreted by our board-certified radiologists who have subspecialty training in musculoskeletal, neurological and body magnetic resonance imaging.

    MRI scans are also playing a larger role in the detection of breast cancer due to recent technological advances in both hardware and software used. One development is the creation of computer aided detection (CAD) software, which assists in detecting and localizing lesions within breast tissue. Here at Mills-Peninsula, we are excited about our new dedicated breast MRI table and coil.

    Mills-Peninsula offers the convenience of two locations: Burlingame (complimentary shuttle from the parking lot) and San Mateo (complimentary self or valet parking). We offer early morning, evening and Saturday appointments, as well as physician-requested same-day MRI appointments. Our scheduling staff will be pleased to assist you with the pre-authorization process required by your insurance provider.

    Key Features:
    MRI (3.0T) short-bore magnet reduces claustrophobia

    • Moderate sedation can be prescheduled
    • High-quality/high-definition images (most efficient for imaging small body parts; reduces scan time, which minimalizes patient movement)
    • Enhanced imaging techniques in:
      • Body
      • Musculoskeletal
      • Neurological
      • Vascular
      • Pediatrics
      MRI (1.5T) short-bore magnet reduces claustrophobia
    • Moderate sedation can be prescheduled
    • High-quality/high-definition images
    • Imaging techniques in:
      • Neurology
      • Cardiology
      • Orthopedics
      • Vascular
      • Biopsies