Most X-ray examinations of the spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet are made with the patient weight-bearing. We are now able to offer the same positional imaging using MRI, which not only shows bone detail, but more importantly soft tissue detail not available on a conventional x-ray.
We use an upright scanner with a unique horizontal magnetic field, combined with modern receiver coils, electronics and software. As a result of the combination of these technologies, the images are of better contrast resolution than at 1.5 and 3Tesla (There is a wider spread of Relaxation times at 0.6T than at 1.5T) and also demonstrate good spatial resolution, at least as good as a conventional 1.5T system. This provides us with all the multi-positional and weight-bearing advantages, but without any of the image quality compromises that have previously had to be made with open MRIs.
The case shows Achilles tendinitis, the ankle was scanned in a natural weight-bearing position.