MSU Radiology Debuts New Mri For Advanced Imaging Around Metallic Implants

May 1, 2018



MSU HealthTeam introduces new scanning technology to the Greater Lansing area with installation of a wide-bore scanner at MSU Radiology and currently the only Lansing-area MRI with the ability to provide enhanced metallic implant imaging associated with joint replacements.

“Clinically speaking, we now have software that optimizes the imaging around metallic implants such as those associated with joint replacements.”

Ryan Fajardo, MD, musculoskeletal radiologist, assistant professor for MSU Department of Radiology

This is significant, because for MSU Radiology, about 70% of patients have some sort of metal in their bodies. Imaging around a metallic implant associated with a joint replacement can cause images that are unclear or have artifacts.

Image courtesy of GE.

However, that isn't the only benefit from the newly acquired MRI machine capable of creating advanced MRIs, magnetic resonance images, on a wide-bore.

“There are three distinct advantages of collecting images with our new device,” continued Fajardo.

“The second speaks to our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives: Patient comfort,” Fajardo continues. “In the imaging and health industry, we call it a wide-bore, which essentially means you have more room for the patient to pass through the center.”

Standard MRI machines typically have a 60 cm opening. This machine has an opening of 70 cm. Claustrophobic, larger and obese patients may find magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI a difficult diagnostic test to undergo. The wide-bore gives these patients an option. It also opens up capabilities for clinicians and patients in other ways.

Some individuals require breast exams without radiation. A traditional mammogram uses x-ray technology while the large bore of an MRI provides a non-radiation alternative for patients who require this specialized imaging.

Lastly, the new scanner has some sequences that are quiet.

For patients who need any of the previously-mentioned imaging methods, magnetic resonance imaging requires a referral from your provider. The diagnostic tests ordered are covered by most insurances.

Ryan S. Fajardo, MD, provides radiology services at MSU Radiology. He specializes in musculoskeletal radiology and is available to discuss this new imaging technology.

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Front view of Voyager MR machine.

Photo courtesy of GE.

Comparison of silent sequences of scanner in decibels against from left a concert at 120 db, standard MRI at 108 db, jackhammer at 95 db, silent MRI at 77 db, and ambient noise at 74 db.

Comparison of silent scan sequences against other sounds, including standard MRI sequences.

Images courtesy of GE.