MRI Basics
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  It is a painless diagnostic test that uses a magnetic field

and radio wave energy to create high-resolution images of structures inside the body that help

diagnose a variety of conditions.  Unlike some other diagnost imaging tests, MRI does not use

radiation. MRI provides different information about structures in the body than can be seen using X-

ray, ultrasound or CT.

Contraindications for undergoing an MRI scan for extremity patients include:

  • Patients who have a heart pacemaker may not have an MRI scan

  • Patients who have a cochlear implant may not have an MRI scan

  • Patients who are pregnant or there is a possibility of pregancy cannot have an MRI scan

  • Patients who have a metallic foreign body in or around their eye, or who have aneurysm clips in

  their brain cannot have an MRI scan

  • Patients who have had metallic devices implanted (such as screws, pins, rods) can have an MRI

          but the devices must be in place for more than 6 weeks.

MRI Facts
  • To date, over 400 million patients have had MRI exams.

  • Every year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures.

  • In general,  MRI creates pictures that show the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissue.

  • While researching the analytical properties of magnetic resonance, Raymond Damadian created the world's first magnetic resonance imaging machine in 1972.

  • On July 3, 1977 the first MRI exam was performed on a human being.

  • In 1986, the founders of Extremity MRI Express, opened the first MRI center in the state of Michigan.  Raymond Damadian, the inventor of MRI,  partnered with them in this endeavor.

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Above is a picture of one of the owners of Extremity MRI Express (left) alongside Raymond Damadian, the inventor of MRI, (right) in the late 1980s.
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* We do not participate with any health insurance plans and do not bill insurance or produce health insurance billing forms.

Payment in full is made at the time of service using cash, credit/debit card, money order or a cashier's check.
Extremity MRI is ideal for assessing:
  • Sports Injuries

  • Joint Pain & Swelling

  • Arthritis

  • Fractures

  • Masses

  • Sprains

  • Ligament Damage

  • Tendon Tears & Ruptures
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Wexford, PA 15090

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