seniors-and-sports-injuriesSeniors today are more active than ever before. This active lifestyle has many benefits for seniors including better mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercise also helps to reduce the impact of chronic diseases or illnesses. However, with that active lifestyle comes a greater chance of sports injuries and statistically, seniors are more likely than younger people to injure themselves while playing sports.

MRI for Sports Injuries

MRI is often the best medical imaging technology to diagnose a sports injury because of the exceptional level of detail it provides. An MRI uses very strong magnets, radio waves, and computer technology to create images of the structures and organs within the body. The exam is painless, minimally invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

MRI and Pacemakers

In the U.S., the average age for pacemaker implantation is about 75 years old. It is estimated that up to 75% of these pacemaker patients will have a medical need for an MRI over the lifetime of their device. Yet many seniors have traditionally been unable to receive an MRI due to implanted medical devices like pacemakers. The MRI magnets attract the metal in certain implanted devices, which causes a potentially life-threatening situation. However, Raleigh Radiology’s new technology is able to accommodate patients with certain implanted medical devices including pacemakers.

MRI Compatible Medical Devices

If you have any of the following MedTronic devices, you may be scanned with MRI at Raleigh Radiology:

  • Pacemakers = Revo MRI and Advisa MRI
  • Standard ICD’s = Evera MRI
  • Heart Failure ICD’s = Compia and Amplia
  • Implantable Loop Recorder = Reveal and Reveal LINQ

Your MRI at Raleigh Radiology

For your safety, you will be carefully screened before your exam to ensure your implanted device is compatible with the MRI. After your exam, your MRI images will be interpreted by a board certified, fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologist. To learn more about MRI compatible devices, please contact us.

To learn more about MRI safety, visit the official site of the Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research.