East Alabama Medical Center and Auburn University have teamed up to provide the latest in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology: a 3-Tesla (3T) MRI, the most powerful unit currently cleared for clinical use with humans.

The Siemens Verio open-bore 3T MRI, located in Auburn University’s new 45,000-square-foot MRI Research Center, will be used during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, by EAMC. When not used by EAMC, the 3T unit will be available for use by Auburn researchers and those from other universities.

Another tenant at the MRI Research Center is Auburn Spine and Neurosurgery, owned by Dr. W. Lee Warren. Warren is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in the minimally invasive management of brain tumors, brain and spinal cord trauma, epilepsy, aneurysms, facial pain and movement disorders, spinal cord and spine disorders and peripheral nerve problems.

"We are excited to be able to offer this service to our patients," explains Dr. Justin Phillpott, radiologist and co-medical director of the EAMC radiology department. "The 3T MRI has twice the signal of the most advanced MRIs. It produces images faster and with greater clarity and detail, showing things traditional MRIs may miss - tiny cancers, small aneurysms, minuscule tendon and cartilage tears in wrists and ankles, and subtle herniated discs in the spine. These more detailed images also allow physicians to see diseases and abnormalities at the earliest stages. Detecting a disease earlier is important, because early detection not only relieves pain and anxiety, it can save lives.”

Ask your physician if the 3T might be the best option for you, or call 334-844-7MRI (7674) for more information.

Traditional MRI (1.5T)

East Alabama Medical Center offers both open and closed MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). We also offer breast MRI.

The MRI system provides detailed diagnostic pictures of the human body through the use of powerful magnetic fields. The MRI is comprised of magnets, coils and computer software that stimulate body cells, manipulate radio frequencies and turn these signals into detailed pictures to be used for diagnosis. This equipment is used to diagnose a variety of conditions, but is most commonly used to detect abnormalities within the spinal column, and tumors within the nerve or muscle tissue. MRI is also used to diagnose brain tumors and aneurysms.

For more information, call Auburn Diagnostic Imaging at (334) 826-2500, or the EAMC Radiology department at (334) 528-1155.