Services / Specialty Procedures

Currently, Open Advanced MRI offers the following specialty procedures

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Arthrograms  

Arthrograms are detailed exams of joints after contrast material has been injected into the joint space. MR Arthrography is a two-part exam, the first part completed with the assistance of a CT scanner, and the second exam is an MRI of the affected area. MR Arthrography is available at our Chicago, IL, Tigard, OR and Vancouver, WA locations.

TMJ  

Advanced Medical Imaging of Joliet specializes in high-resolution, high-quality MRI of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They have extensive experience and special expertise in MR imaging and evaluation of the TMJ for assessment of facial and jaw pain, occlusal abnormalities, and joint pathology.

Bolus Chasing MR Angiography  

These examinations are used to evaluate the cervical segments of the carotid and vertebral arteries and the aortic arch and proximal great vessels including the brachiocephalic and subclavian arteries. Bolus chasing MR angiography is performed on our 1.0 Philips scanner at our Westbrook, IL center. We can also perform bolus chasing angiography of the aorta and iliac arteries. This significantly improves resolution and detail when evaluating the arteries for stenosis or ulcerated plaque. Carotid MRA with bolus chasing is done in our Tigard office. Renal Artery Angiograms are done in our Gresham and Tigard offices.

Liver  

MRI of the liver can be performed for a workup of indeterminate liver masses, surveillance for liver tumors such as hepatoma and patients with chronic diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. This can be done with a high-resolution technique of pre- and post-dynamic infusion imaging to include multiple enhanced phases following rapid infusion of the contrast agent intravenously, and this procedure is performed at our Westbrook, IL location.

Additionally, an M.R.C.P. (magnetic resonance cholangio-pancreatography) is able to visualize the biliary system which includes the gallbladder, the common hepatic duct, the common bile duct and the cystic duct. These exams are done in Westbrook, IL, Deer Park, IL and Skokie, IL, Tigard, OR, and Gresham, OR.

Abdomen  

An MRI evaluation of the abdomen is done for the workup of suspected solid organ pathology in organs such as the spleen, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. This can also be performed with pre-and post dynamic infusion imaging. These exams are done in Westbrook, IL, Deer Park, IL and Skokie, IL, Tigard, OR, and Gresham, OR.

MR Enterography for evaluation of the small bowel is done at our Westbrook, IL location.

Diffusion weighted imaging is done at many of our centers.

"Chem-sat" form of fat suppression is especially helpful in musculoskeletal imaging. It is used to visually enhance bone marrow edema and soft tissue edema in the areas of predominantly fatty tissue. It also significantly improves the ability to detect subtle enhancement on post infusion sequences. These types of sequences are performed at our Westbrook, IL center.

In patients with metallic hardware who need evaluation of a body part in the vicinity of the metallic hardware (i.e. spinal stabilization devices and prosthetic joints), the image quality is actually generally improved on the Philips Panorama scanner over 1.5 T and 3.0 T scanners, due to the fact that the degree of magnetic susceptibility artifact causing unwanted signal dropout and image distortion is directly proportional to increased field strength.  This feature is available at our Westbrook, IL center.