MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure to diagnose the following kinds of problems or conditions:

  • Arthritis.
  • Fractures.
  • Infection.
  • Injuries of the tendons, ligaments, or cartilage.
  • Tumors.

MRIs use no radiation like conventional X-rays or CT scans. They employ a large magnet and radio waves to produce a kind of three-dimensional image. MRIs are very good at portraying soft tissues and bones in your feet and ankles.

People with the following conditions may not be good candidates for a MRI:

  • A condition that requires a heart pacemaker.
  • Electronic inner ear implants.
  • Electronic stimulators.
  • Implanted pumps.
  • Metal fragments in your eyes.
  • Some artificial heart valves.
  • Surgical clips in your head (particularly aneurysm clips).

If you have a dental filling or bridge, a replacement hip or knee, or tubal ligation clips, you are usually safe to have a MRI.

In most cases, a full exam of the foot and ankle last between one hour to 90 minutes.