Tufts Medical Center and Shields Health Care Group have formed a partnership to provide patients with high-quality, fully-integrated imaging at locations in Dorchester/Milton, Dedham and the Tufts MC Boston campus. Shields, the leading independent provider of MRI services in New England, is managing each site and assisting us in upgrading our equipment to provide faster, providing more comfortable scans for patients, and adding convenience and access for patients south of Boston.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technique that combines a powerful magnetic field with computer technology to produce exquisitely detailed images of your body's soft tissue (organs, muscles, fat).
Because certain atoms in our cells respond, or resonate, slightly in the presence of magnetic fields, MRI is able to use that response to create an amazingly clear, detailed computer representation of internal organs, muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system.
Using cross-sectional imaging of the body along multiple planes (like slices of bread), the clarity of these images is far greater than is available with conventional CT scans, X-rays, or even myelograms, allowing your physician to make an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. MRI is noninvasive (except in cases where contrast agents are injected).
Feeling comfortable before, during and after your MRI
We know that getting an MRI can be a little intimidating. That's why our imaging technologists assist patients and are specially trained to help keep you relaxed. We provide:
- Comfortable positioning with warm blankets and pillows (depending on scan type)
- Ongoing communication with the technologist throughout the scan
- Headphones with Sirius satellite radio and your choice of relaxing music
- The option to have a family member or friend accompany you for support