Understanding the MRILike a standard MRI or magnetic resonance imaging machine, the Standing MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate a detailed 3D computer image of the human body. The MRI does not rely on ionizing radiation, which is used for general x-rays and CT scans. The 3D images that are produced by MRI are detailed, so they not only help identify injuries and issues but can also be used to help determine their severity. Common injuries that can assessed by an MRI include injuries and pain to the back, neck, foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist. Improved assessment of injuries and illnesses The standard MRI has a limitation, however. It can only generate these 3D images with the patient lying down. The Standing MRI has the ability to place the patient in a variety of positions, which means we can assess what happens when the patient has to bear their own weight. This provides many benefits:
- We may be able to scan patients in the specific position in which they feel pain.
- By placing patients in a weight bearing position, we may be able to better identify the origin and severity of an injury or issue.
- We may be able to better understand the biomechanical behaviour of the injury or issue.
- We may be able to assess the part that posture plays in the injury or issue.
- We may be able to better evaluate post-surgical tissues.
- In a range of cases, we can identify an injury or issue that a standard MRI can’t.