MRI

About our Hitachi Airis Elite Open MRI

hitachi airis elite open mri machineMiddletown Medical Imaging is proud to use the latest technology at our facility to provide the highest quality imaging services available. One of our most advanced devices is the Hitachi Airis Elite open MRI machine, which features capabilities that were previously impossible with an open low-field MRI. Here are just some of the benefits of using the Hitachi Airis Elite for scans.

Rapid Parallel Imaging – Rapid parallel imaging capabilities make the Hitachi Airis Elite more efficient; meaning scans take less time while still producing high-resolution images. With this machine, you can get your test done and return to normal life more quickly, knowing that your scan results will be accurate.

Non-Claustrophobic Atmosphere – Open MRI’s are an excellent option for claustrophobic and anxious patients because you do not have to be put in an enclosed space. Imaging tests are much more relaxing in the open design of our Hitachi machine.

Accommodating for All Patients – Because of its open design, the Hitachi Airis Elite can accommodate larger patients and patients with disability issues. Many people cannot use a traditional closed MRI because of their size or their mobility needs, so the Hitachi open MRI is an excellent solution.

Choice of Comforting Music – When you come in for an MRI, you can select soothing music to play to make your scan go more smoothly for you.

Make an appointment for your open MRI today at 732-275-0999 or book online.

What You Should Know About PCL Injuries

physical therapyThe PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) is one of the four main ligaments that make up the knee joint. This ligament is located in the middle of the knee, next to your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), and prevents your shin bone from moving too far backward. PCL injuries are not as common as injuries to the ACL, but these injuries seriously affect the stability of your knee.

Causes – The PCL can become injured or torn when the tibia is hit while the leg is bent. This injury can happen while being tackled in football, falling on your shins, or any other impact to your shins. Your PCL can also tear due to a hyperextended knee.

Symptoms – Most ligament tears of any kind will result in swelling and pain in the area. For PCL tears, the swelling is typically in the back of the knee. You may also feel instability in the joint.

Diagnosis – PCL tears are classified in grades according to severity. At grade 1, the PCL is stretched, but not torn. At grade 2, you are looking at a partial tear. If you are diagnosed with a grade 3, the PCL is completely torn.  An MRI can be used to determine the severity of the tear. Surgery is only recommended for grade 3 injuries, as the PCL is difficult to reach when operating.

Middletown Medical Imaging’s open MRI machine can help your doctor determine the severity of your knee injury. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our diagnostic imaging center in Middletown, NJ.

Exploring the Diagnostic Process for Endometriosis

doctor in exam roomEndometriosis is a painful condition characterized by the abnormal growth of uterine cells outside of the uterus. The symptoms include pelvic pain, painful bowel movements and urination, painful intercourse, and infertility. There are a variety of tests that a doctor will use to diagnose endometriosis.

Pelvic Exam – The first step to identifying endometriosis is to undergo a pelvic exam. Your doctor will feel for abnormalities in your pelvis, including cysts and scars. Unless a cyst has formed, it may be difficult to identify signs of endometriosis this way.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound uses sound waves to capture images inside of your body. To get the best image, your doctor may order both a traditional ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound. While this test cannot definitively diagnose endometriosis, it can reveal cysts that have formed as a result of the disease.

MRI – If you have cysts on your reproductive organs, an MRI can be used to help the surgeon locate them for removal. An open MRI uses magnetic fields to produce images of structures within your body, including your organs.

When you need an ultrasound, MRI, or other imaging test, visit Middletown Medical Imaging. We provide quality diagnostic imaging services in Middletown, NJ, and the surrounding area.

What You Need to Know About ACL Injuries

basketball players9If you play sports, you’ve probably heard about ACL tears. Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a strong band of tissue that connects your thigh bone to your shinbone. It helps to stabilize your knee joint. This is a common ligament to injure while playing a sport.

What Causes ACL Injuries?

Your ACL can become injured due to sudden stops, changes of direction, landing incorrectly after a jump, pivoting without moving your foot, or receiving a direct blow to your knee. It can also be injured when you slow down too fast while running. This injury is most common in sports like basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, downhill skiing, and gymnastics.

Symptoms of an ACL Injury

When you injure your ACL, you may hear an audible pop, or feel a popping sensation in your knee. This is usually followed by swelling and pain. You may feel instability in your knee, and feel it “giving way” when you try to put weight on it.

Diagnosing and Treating ACL Tears

When you injure your knee you should seek medical treatment immediately, as knee injuries can be very serious. Your doctor will likely request an MRI to assess the damage and develop an effective treatment for you.

The open MRI machine at Middletown Medical Imaging can help you diagnose an ACL tear. Make an appointment online today or call at 732-275-0979.

What a Shoulder MRI Can Show Your Doctor

doctor examining woman’s shoulderIf you have been experiencing shoulder pain, your doctor may order an MRI. An MRI uses magnetic fields to get a detailed picture of your bones, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels from any angle. This scan is extremely useful for diagnosing shoulder pain because it allows the doctor to view all of the internal structures within it.

Common Uses of Shoulder MRIs

A shoulder MRI can detect a wide variety of issues, including injuries to the bicep and other soft tissues, rotator cuff tears, and any of the following:

  • Arthritis, labral tears, and other degenerative joint diseases
  • Fractures
  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • Any joint abnormalities due to trauma, such as ligament and tendon tears
  • Infections like osteomyelitis
  • Sports and Work-related injuries from overuse, strain, or forceful impact
  • Tumors
  • Swelling or bleeding in the tissues surrounding your joint
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Checking progress after shoulder surgery
  • and any unexplained pain that is not responding to treatment

If you are experiencing shoulder pain or decreased range of motion in your shoulder, ask your doctor if you will need an MRI. When you need an open MRI in Middletown, NJ, and the surrounding areas, make your appointment at Middletown Medical Imaging. You can call us at 732-275-0999 or book online.

Knee Pain – When an MRI is Useful

woman in workout clothing holding kneeKnee pain is a common issue that can lead to a variety of diagnoses. For many cases, an MRI of the knee is required to truly see what is going on. An MRI uses magnetic fields to create accurate images of the knee, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, menisci and articular cartilage.

Tendons and Menisci – Many knee injuries involve tendons, ligaments, and menisci, like ACL and MCL tears. A regular X-ray cannot detect damage to these parts of the knee, so an MRI is required.

Tumors – If your doctor suspects that there may be a tumor present in the knee, and MRI will enable them to see it clearly.

Detecting Severe Trauma – Injuries to the knee are sometimes more severe than they appear on the surface. An MRI gives your doctor a very clear image of the extent of the damage. This enables them to provide a more accurate diagnosis and therefore a more effective treatment plan.

Preventing Further Injury – Many athletes who suffer knee injuries are anxious to get back on the field, but this can be dangerous if they are not fully healed. Re-injury can sometimes cause permanent retirement from sports. A knee MRI can help determine if the knee is fully healed so that the patient does not exacerbate a previous injury or cause a new one.

When you need a knee MRI, consider getting an open MRI at our imaging center in Middletown, New Jersey. Book an appointment online today.

Are You a Good Candidate for an Open MRI?

If you doctor has told you that you need to get an MRI, you may be looking into open MRI machines. Open MRIs are a great alternative to a traditional closed MRI for a wide variety of reasons. If any of the following applies to you, you are a great candidate for an open MRI.

Claustrophobia – A closed MRI is a loud, narrow, enclosed spaces that can be terrifying for someone who suffers from claustrophobia. In fact, many people have their first claustrophobic episode while having an MRI scan done. If you have any anxiety concerning your upcoming scan, find an imaging center with an open MRI machine.

Spinal Injuries – Spinal cord injuries can prevent you from being able to adjust your body during a scan. For some scans, switching positions in the middle of a scan is necessary. An open MRI machine allows a technician to help you get into the correct positions easily.

Weight Issues – Traditional closed MRIs have a very narrow bore, making it difficult for larger patients to receive a scan. Open MRIs can accommodate patients of any size and shape.

Do you think you are a good candidate for an open MRI? Call our imaging center at 732-275-0979 to book your appointment.

How to Confront Your Fear of MRIs

It does not matter what age you are, how many tests you have had done, and how many times you have told yourself you are not scared, an open MRIMRI can be scary for anyone. Specifically, the fear of being in tight spaces, or claustrophobia, doesn’t stop at a certain point in a person’s life unless they receive help for it. Whether it is a lifetime battle with a fear of MRI’s or you are feeling this emotion for the first time, here are some ways in which you can confront your fear of MRI’s for good.

Talking to a professional – There are times when our fears are greater than we realize, and take up more time in our heads than we want them to be. Talking to someone, whether it is a licensed therapist, counselor, or your doctor about these fears can be beneficial to confronting them. In severe cases, they may have you enroll in CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, to help you learn about reframing your fear of small spaces and working to confront this through new coping mechanisms.

Practicing relaxation skills – If you are willing to face your fear head-on, try utilizing some relaxation techniques before and during your testing. Certain skills like deep breathing, imagining you are somewhere else, and listening to calming music before and through the duration of your procedure can help to relax you, and take your fear of MRI’s by the horns.

If you are looking for a friendly staff of an ACR-accredited radiology center with an open MRI, turn to us at Middletown Medical Imaging. Schedule your appointment or call with questions today at (732) 275-0999.

How to Calm Your Child Before Their MRI

Regardless of your age, going for your first MRI can be scary for anyone. When you’re a parent, you want to help your child feel comfortable in open MRI machinewhatever situation they face, including their first MRI. Here are some tips on how to calm your child before and during their procedure, so the entire process goes smoothly for everyone.

If you stay calm, they’ll stay calm – Before the procedure and through the duration of the testing, it’s important that you as a parent stays calm during your child’s MRI. For comfort, children often look at their parents for reassurance about the unknown or something they’ve never encountered before. If you present to your child that you’re not nervous about their procedure, even if you are deep down, this will help to keep them calm as well.

Prepare them, don’t scare them – There’s a fine line between going above and beyond to prepare your child for their first MRI and scaring them about the process. Explaining to them what will happen during their test without showing any fear or concern helps to educate them on the procedure realistically. This shows them that you’re confident the test will go well without sugarcoating any of the potentially startling things that may happen during the process.

If you’re looking for a practice that has an open MRI machine for you or your child to receive testing in, contact our staff today at Middletown Medical Imaging at (732) 275-0999.

Unexpected Things an MRI Can Detect

open MRI scannerMagnetic Resonance Imaging tests, otherwise known as MRIs, are used to detect a variety of conditions, diseases, and disorders throughout your entire body. But have you ever wondered just what an MRI can exactly detect and diagnose? Here are some of the most unexpected things having an MRI done can diagnose in your body.

Blood vessel issues – If you’re having problems with your heart or your blood, an MRI can point out some pretty severe blood vessel issues. One of the most common things it can detect is vasculitis, which is the acute inflammation of your blood vessels due to an infection in your body.

Gastrointestinal issues – Many times, an MRI can spot certain gastrointestinal conditions or diseases in your body without you even knowing they are there. This type of medical imaging uses a variety of different pictures and images taken of your body, giving your doctor a clear view of what’s happening within your GI tract.

Certain ear, nose, and throat issues – If you’re experiencing issues with your ears, nose, or throat, and MRI could potentially help to diagnose them. Using the various magnetic and radio waves to process a detailed image of your ENT area, your technician and doctor will be able to see this area of your body a little more clearly than through a stethoscope.

If you’re looking for an open MRI scanner in Middletown, NJ, we can help at Middletown Medical Imaging. Contact us for more information today!