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We are proud to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services in Pasadena and Glendora, California, and surrounding counties.

High Field MRI Performed by Hill Medical

MRI scans are one of the safest of all imaging examinations. It does not require the use of ionizing radiation, and contrast media used during the MRI exam has very low incidence of side effects. It is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. 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. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, printed or copied to a CD.

A key to MRI diagnostic accuracy lies in the strength of the system's magnetic field. The Philips Achieva 3 Tesla MRI at Huntington-Hill Imaging Center, Inc. is up to 10 times more powerful than MRI scanners found in hospitals and other imaging facilities. It is the most powerful MRI imaging tool available that produces high definition images in superior detail. Detailed MRI images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body to determine the presence of certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT). The Philips Achieva 3 Tesla MRI system can make a positive difference in a difficult diagnosis. We understand that you and your doctor have a choice when selecting an imaging provider. That is why our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging systems operated by highly skilled specialists.

Additionally, Huntington-Hill Imaging Center, Inc. has a Siemens Espree 1.5 Tesla MRI machine with a wide opening which allows for a patient-friendly experience for those who are claustrophobic. This high field magnet is used to perform almost all MRI studies, including MRI-Guided Breast Biopsies. We are one of the few centers in the Southern California area who offers MRI-Guided Breast Biopsies which are performed by one of our dedicated breast specialists.

MRI has become a popular imaging modality for many different injuries and medical conditions. Magnetic Resonance Imaging has revolutionized the way medical specialists look inside your body to make the most accurate medical diagnosis. If your doctor has suggested a diagnostic MRI exam, please give Huntington-Hill Imaging Center, Inc. a call at 626-698-7266 to schedule your exam. Our remarkable advanced MRI systems can make a positive difference for your healthcare.

People who have visited Huntington-Hill Imaging Center, Inc. will tell you about our pleasant, spa-like atmosphere, convenient parking, and friendly staff. We know that your time is limited and precious, so we have extended hours to better meet your needs. We are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and also offer daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays for selected exams. Our qualified staff is always ready to assist with your needs.

What is High Field MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams enable physicians to see inside the body without using x-rays. Instead, high field MRI creates images by using radio waves, a computer and a powerful magnet approximately 7,000-times stronger than the magnetic force of the earth.

What is MRA?

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a specific type of MRI scan that is optimized to show blood vessels and blood flow. Physicians use this test to rule out blood vessel disorders and plan treatment.

What is MRI used for?

While the majority of MRI exams historically have been studies of the head and neck, the technology is now used to assess disease and injury in the spine and back, the pelvis and abdomen, and the extremities such as knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists. MRI is even used in the evaluation of diseases of the breast including breast cancer.

What types of illnesses or injuries will high field MRI detect?

High field MRI can diagnose neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, meningitis, Alzheimer's, malignant and benign tumors in the brain and other parts of the body, as well as injuries and diseases affecting the spine and other anatomical areas.

How does high field MRI differ from diagnostic tests like x-ray and CT?

Instead of relying on x-rays like CT scans and conventional x-ray exams, high field MRI uses radio waves, a computer and a powerful magnet approximately 7,000-times stronger than the magnetic force of the earth. High field MRI produces better images of soft tissue than CT scans or x-ray exams.