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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical technology that utilizes a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissue in the body.

Most MRI machines look like large, tube-shaped magnets. During an MRI scan, the patient lies inside the machine’s opening, while the magnetic field temporarily realigns water molecules in their body and radio waves elicit faint signals from these aligned atoms. These signals are then used to create cross-sectional MRI images. The MRI machine is also able to create 3D images.

Benefits of an MRI

The organs, tissues and skeletal system can be examined using an MRI

Female patient sitting on MRI bed
Female radiologist evaluating brain MRI scan

scan, helping doctors diagnose a variety of illnesses and conditions.

An MRI of the heart and blood vessels can help evaluate:

  • Extent of damage caused by heart attacks or heart disease

  • Inflammation or blockages in the blood vessels

  • Thickness and movement of the walls of the heart

  • The size and function of the heart’s chambers

  • Structural problems in the aorta, such as aneurysms or dissections

An MRI of the brain and spinal cord can help identify:

  • Aneurysms of cerebral vessels


  • Disorders of the eye and inner ear

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Stroke

  • Tumors

  • Spinal cord disorders

  • Brain injury from trauma

An MRI of bones and joints can help evaluate:

  • Bone infections

  • Disc abnormalities in the spine

  • Joint abnormalities caused by traumatic or repetitive injuries, such as torn cartilage or ligaments

  • Tumors of the bones and soft tissues

Patient undergoing MRI scan

An MRI of the breasts can be used in conjunction with mammography to detect breast cancer.

MRI of other internal organs can check for tumors or other abnormalities in:

  • Kidneys

  • Uterus

  • Ovaries

  • Spleen

  • Pancreas

  • Prostate

  • Liver and bile ducts

Treatment Options

Depending on the results of the MRI scan, patients at Las Vegas Primary Care may be treated with soft tissue and joint injections, pain management techniques, and occupational medicine.

A few types of joint and soft tissue injections offered at the clinic include nerve blocks, piriformis injections, epidural injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and trigger point injections.

Pain management techniques may also help patients minimize pain through cold and heat therapy, gentle exercise, music therapy, massage, yoga, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, acupuncture, cognitive behavior therapy, biofeedback, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Staff will create a personalized pain management plan to address the patient’s unique condition.

Patients who are unable to continue working may need occupational medicine. This form of treatment could help patients regain their functional abilities and return to the workplace as soon as possible.

The field of occupational medicine also involves coordinating with employers, insurers, regulators, public health, and other occupational safety and health professionals to improve workplace safety and minimize the risk of illness or injury. Las Vegas Primary Care staff are trained to identify and mitigate physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial hazards in the workplace.

Advanced Treatment

Severe injuries, such as broken bones and nerve damage, may require advanced treatment that may include chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Las Vegas Primary Care is happy to support patients needing a range of treatments and staff is available to answer any questions they may have about advanced treatment.


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