MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Many foot and ankle conditions and injuries can be diagnosed by sight or through a physical examination. As effective as those methods can be, sometimes a more in-depth and detailed look is required to get a complete diagnosis. Dr. Harvey Danciger is highly dedicated to providing each patient with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment possible and to do that, he often employs the use of the MRI.

What is MRI?

This procedure stands for magnetic resonance imaging. Since the CT scan was invented, it is the newest way to be able to look inside the human body. It is a non-invasive high tech imaging tool that does not use radiation like a normal X-ray or CT scan would. It uses radio waves and a large magnet to project 3-D images of the soft tissues and bones in your feet and ankles.

What Can I Expect During an MRI Scan?

When you have an MRI scan, the part of your body being scanned will lie inside a large donut-shaped machine. The machine creates a strong magnetic field around you and directs radio waves towards your body. The MRI then takes several images during which time you will need to lie very still so as to not hinder the quality of the images. Each image can take from a few seconds to several minutes to complete. The procedure is painless although you may hear consistent tapping or thumping noises. The length of time an MRI scan takes depends on the area. A full scan of your foot and ankle can take up to an hour and a half. The images are interpreted by a radiologist who then communicates the findings to Dr. Danciger.

What Condition is MRI Commonly Used For?

There are several foot and ankle conditions and injuries that Dr. Danciger uses MRI to diagnose and treat:


Is There Anything to be Concerned About During an MRI Scan?

Due to parts of your body being enclosed in a small space, there have been some patients who experience a slight feeling of claustrophobia. This is something that you can explain to Dr. Danciger who will work with you to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

There are also certain things that can have an effect on the MRI images or cause the scan to be unsafe. Make sure to notify Dr. Danciger if you have any of the following:

  • Implanted pumps
  • Surgical clips
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Cochlear implants
  • Electronic stimulators
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies to contrast dye

The MRI is a very useful resource that Dr. Danciger uses on a regular basis to diagnose and treat many different foot and ankle conditions. If you would like to know more about this type of imaging or feel that your foot condition could benefit from an MRI scan, please contact our podiatric office today. We are here to help in any way that we can to get your feet and ankles back to full health. Call Dr. Danciger at (760) 568-0108.

You can also learn more about foot and ankle health by requesting a complimentary copy of Dr. Danciger’s book Why Do My Feet Hurt? Simply click on the book on our homepage and we will send one to you!


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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle