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For patients who want the highest quality of care, Meritus Medical Center offers the most powerful MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test available on an outpatient basis: the extra-large (70 cm) open bore 3T MRI. In the past, the 3T MRI's capabilities were only possible at academic research centers, but are now available in an outpatient setting.

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MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your body. The 3T MRI provides physicians with confidence in diagnosing neurological and orthopedic imaging of bone, organs, soft tissue and more. The detailed images taken during an MRI are called slices, similar to slices in a loaf of bread. These three-dimensional images help clinicians to view any problems or issues that may need to be addressed.

As one of the most advanced pieces of medical machinery available on the market today, the 3T MRI has twice the scanning strength and speed of the more commonly available 1.5T MRI systems. The 3T MRI generates pristine images for patients, and patient repositioning is virtually unnecessary.

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Although an MRI causes no pain, typical machines can cause anxiety for patients who don't like small spaces. With the new extra-large open bore, patients will have more than enough head space to feel at ease. The 3T MRI can also accommodate a wide range of patients, including children and those who weigh up to 550 pounds. It is also beneficial for patients suffering from respiratory problems, kyphosis, pain or mobility issues—and for those who need to have medical equipment with them during the test.

MRI can show problems that are not able to be evaluated using other forms of diagnostic imaging such as x-ray, computed tomography (CT), or ultrasound. It can also provide further information about a problem that showed up on one of these other tests.

MRI is not recommended for patients who have an implanted defibrillator, pacemaker, cochlear implant, artificial heart valves, or clips used on brain aneurysms. If you are pregnant, have an intrauterine device, work around metal, or have had recent surgery on blood vessels, talk to you doctor first to determine the risks of this test.

Meritus Imaging is conveniently located off of Eastern Boulevard at 1110 Professional Court in Hagerstown. For more information, or to schedule your MRI, please call 301-790-8990.

Orthopedics and 3T Imaging

Your bones, 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 physician to diagnose your problem so you can get moving again.

Meritus Medical Center has made orthopedic problem-solving easier by providing 3T magnetic resonance imaging to our patients. MRIs use magnet and radio waves to create anatomic images of your body's structure and organs. While X-rays only show bone, MRI scans show all tissues within the body, including bones, muscles, cartilage and fatty tissue. Unlike the 1.5T MRI, the more sophisticated 3T MRI can identify minute tears in tendons or gradation of cartilage damage.

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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 orthopedic surgeon can now tell a patient what to expect post-surgery.

Orthopedic 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. And 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.

If your bones, tendons, ligaments, or joints are acting up, ask your orthopedic specialist about the 3T MRI at Meritus Imaging, located on Eastern Boulevard. A physician referral is necessary for all diagnostic imaging services.

Contact Information

1110 Professional Court, Suite 201
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone Number:
11116 Medical Campus Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
TDD: 1-800-735-2258
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