MRI Specialist

William R. Martin, MD -  - Diagnostic Imaging

Upper Valley Interventional Radiology

William R. Martin, MD

Diagnostic Imaging & Diagnostic Radiologist located in McAllen, TX

With its ability to clearly show the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissues inside your body, MRI is one of the top diagnostic procedures for a wide range of injuries and diseases. As the leading MRI center in the Rio Grande Valley, Upper Valley Interventional Radiology has helped patients manage their health with exceptional diagnostic imaging for two decades. William R. Martin, MD, and the skilled MRI technologists customize each patient’s MRI, producing high-quality images of precisely targeted body systems. If you need to schedule an MRI, call the office in McAllen, Texas, or use the online booking feature.

Open MRI Q & A

How does magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) work?

MRI uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radiofrequency waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues in your body. Though it sounds simple, MRI testing is based on sophisticated technology that detects changes in molecules and translates the information into detailed anatomical images.

MRI takes cross-sectional images throughout your body, creating slices in any direction, from top to bottom, side to side, or front to back. Then the specialized computer uses the slices to make three-dimensional images.

The team at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology customizes MRIs based on the needs of each patient and their referring physician. A tailored MRI exam consists of several imaging sequences and multiple pictures that isolate specific areas or body systems.

When might I need an Open MRI?

An MRI produces diagnostic images of every part of your body, including your brain, spine, bones, nerves, muscles, joints, abdomen, breasts, heart, and blood vessels. As a result, the procedure can diagnose many different health conditions. A few examples include:

  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Strokes in their earliest stage
  • Masses in soft tissues
  • Arterial and venous disorders
  • Torn ligaments and tendons

MRI can also detect spine problems like herniated discs.

What should I expect during an Open MRI?

During an MRI, you lie on a table that carries you into the tunnel in the center of the machine. The team at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology uses the Toshiba Vantage Atlas, which has a short tunnel and a wide opening. This configuration produces high-quality images without making you feel claustrophobic.

 MRI scanners are notoriously noisy, but not the Vantage Atlas. This scanner is equipped with patented Pianissimo Technology, which reduces the typical MRI noise by as much as 60-90%. However, you can still wear headphones and listen to music to further reduce noise and help you relax.

When you get an MRI, any movement can distort the images, so it’s important to lie completely still during each imaging sequence. Imaging sequences last 2-6 minutes, and your total exam takes 30-60 minutes. 

Can everyone have an Open MRI?

Since the Open MRI machine uses powerful magnets, you may not be able to have an MRI if you have any of the following:

  • Pacemaker, defibrillator, or pacing wires
  • Inner ear implant
  • Spinal or brain stimulators
  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Metallic joint replacement
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Metal pins, screws, plates, stents, or surgical staples

If you need to schedule an MRI, call Upper Valley Interventional Radiology or use the online booking feature.

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