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    TOWER RADIOLOGY: 3 Ways the MRI has Changed Over Time

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses powerful magnets to produce images of the patient’s body.  Radiologists use the MRI images to diagnose and then check the progress of treatment. In recent years three major advancements have been made in the field of MRI:

         1. Specialization of MRI for use in specific fields

    As MRI technology has evolved and advanced, specialty fields have been able to utilize MRI technology to develop new, specialized areas of MRI use. One new specialized field is magnetic resonance angiograph (MRA).  MRA is used to evaluate blood flow through arteries.  This new use of MRI allows radiologists to see what is going on without using the traditional invasive (piercing the skin) procedures.

         2. Improvement in MRI magnets

    Another new division of MRI technology is magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).  MRS scans can assess chemical abnormalities in tissue, like the brain.  This technology assists doctors in seeing and identifying disorders.

         3. RF (receiving) improvements

    A third new development is functional resonance imaging (fMRI).  This technology can pinpoint where a specific function occurs in the brain.  Knowing the specific location in the brain that controls a certain function allows doctors to plan surgery and other treatments.

    The magnets used in MRI scans are essential to making the image.  And advancements in the strength of these magnets have also helped expand the field of radiology in general. 

    The MRI needs a homogeneous magnetic field.  Initially this was created by using a spherically shaped surface, which the patient would be slid into for the MRI.  With advancements in the magnets used, other shapes are now possible, allowing for greater patient comfort during the procedure.  This type of MRI machine is called an “open” MRI.  Open MRI is especially useful in cases for:

    • Children: Parents are able to stay with their child throughout the procedure
    • Patients with cases of claustrophobia feel less fear
    • Large or obese patients are now able to have the procedure

    Finally, advances in MRI receiving elements have made image capture quick and efficient.  Radiologists can see the images almost immediately.

    If you have more questions about the recent advances in MRI or the field of radiology in general, contact Tower Radiology Centers.  Our expert radiologists and staff are professional and caring, and can help you with MRI, mammograms, CT scans, X-ray, and other radiology needs. 


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    Tower Radiology Centers: Continues ACR Accreditation

    Last updated 7 years ago

    November 2nd 2010


    Tower Radiology Centers have been awarded another three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, breast ultrasound, mammography, and stereotactic breast biopsy, as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

    MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

    Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.

    Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

     A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

     The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

    The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.


    Note: ACR Accreditations may vary by location.


    Tower Radiology Centers, Radiologist of the Week, Scott R. Anderson, MD!!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Scott R. Anderson, MD

    Musculoskeletal, MRI
    Body Imaging

    Board Certification:
    American Board of Radiology  

    University of South Florida College of Medicine
    Tampa, FL
    Diagnostic Radiology

    USF Affiliate Assistant Professor:
    Diagnostic Radiology

    Tower Radiology Centers: Foundation

    Last updated 7 years ago

    The Tower Foundation is comprised by Tower Diagnostic Center physicians and employees. The Foundation was formed in 2009. Tower Diagnostic Centers is always looking for different ways to give back to the community. Our mission is to remain professional and conserve the practices of safety, professionalism, compassion and technology for which Tower Diagnostic is known. We will continue to help sustain Tampa Bay’s charitable organizations through our volunteer work and local community participation.

    We abide by the nationally accepted Donor Bill of Rights and We WILL NOT sell or share our mailing list with any person or organization.

    Take a look back at some of our past charitable events; such as our First Annual Wine tasting Event which benefited the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The event was held on June 3rd, 2010. Approximately 125 attendees were present for the event.

    Tower Diagnostics: a bit about the Judeo Christian Health Clinic:

    • Provides free health care to medically indigent residents in the Tampa Bay community
    • Largest, most comprehensive free clinic in the Southeastern Unites States

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