The Advances of MRI Technology and How It Can Detect Injuries

Audrey Spielmann, MD FRCP(C), discusses The Advances of MRI Technology and How It Can Detect InjuriesI.

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Audrey Spielmann, MD FRCP(C), discusses The Advances of MRI Technology and How It Can Detect InjuriesI.
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Featuring Dr. Audrey Spielmann, MD, FRCPC
The Advances of MRI Technology and How It Can Detect Injuries
Duration: 1 minute, 39 seconds

Well MRI really just came onto the scene in 1982, and it's changed dramatically over the years. The magnet strength has increased, and the resolution of the images has increased dramatically over that time.

And we have other techniques, such as the coils that we put on patients to receive the information to produce the images that technology has improved over the last 10 years especially. We are seeing much more detail in a number of the injuries, such as ligament injuries, a meniscal injury is a really good example.

We can see the more subtle tears much easier now in the knee, for example, or the other area that we're seeing much better is the cartilage injuries which is especially important in the knee but also in the shoulder, in the ankle as well. So we can see cartilage detail much better than we used to.

And the other area that has shown great improvement, specifically with sports injuries, is in the brain. So, assessing for concussion or traumatic brain injury, the detail in the brain is much greater compared to 10 years ago, so that's really improved, made a big difference for brain MRI.

If people have any more questions about the advantages of the new technology and the advances with MRI in the past 10 years they should talk to their family doctor or their referring physician or an imaging center.

Presenter: Dr. Audrey Spielmann, Radiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Radiologist

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