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MRI produces detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually any internal body structure, providing clear contrast between soft tissues. This makes it especially useful in imaging the brain; muscles, tendons and bones; heart and vascular system; and in diagnosing cancer and monitoring treatment. MRI images are obtained using a powerful magnetic field – no radiation is used. Signals created by the magnetic field are processed by a computer, providing very detailed images.

MRI is a very safe imaging procedure. However, the magnetic field generated by the MRI is quite powerful and can be a life-threatening risk to people with certain types of medical implants and those who have metal shards or fragments in their bodies. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients inform the MRI technologist of any implants, medical devices, or metal fragments, no matter how small. Devices that must be reported include, but are not limited to:

  • Pacemakers or implanted defibrillator (ICD)
  • Heart stents
  • Cochlear (ear) implants
  • Brain aneurysms clips
  • Implanted drug infusion pumps or ports
  • Implanted nerve stimulators

King’s Daughters provides MRI services at its Center for Advanced Imaging in Ashland, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, and at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio. Our mobile MRI provides services throughout eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.

Our equipment includes a 3T machine and a 1.5T unit.