Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
Because of its high-resolution images of the brain’s gray and white matters and spinal cord, MRI often is used in the diagnosis of central nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, as well as joint, ligament, muscle and bone problems.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital was one of the first facilities in the Midwest to offer a 1.5T Open Bore high-field strength MRI. These units are especially helpful for examining patients who are fearful of being in a closed space and for those who are obese. The weight limit for these wide-bore MRI machines is approximately 550 pounds.
Extended MRI Hours on Saturday
Convenient Saturday hours are now available for MRI imaging at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is similar to MRI in that it uses the same type of equipment and process but it produces pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body. In some cases, a contrast material is used to enhance the pictures, which is injected using a vein in the arm.
Additional Imaging Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.996.8080.
We are conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Blvd., at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri - a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Get directions to our Imaging Locations.