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MRI

MRI Machine 2What is MRI?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a no ninvasive procedure used to provide images of the body’s internal structures. MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate clear, exceptionally detailed "pictures" of the area of interest, without using radiation. It is a painless procedure.

An MRA, or magnetic resonance angiography, is simply an MRI that focuses specifica lly on your arteries.

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What is MRI used for?

MRI is often used to evaluate:

  • Organs of the chest and abdomen (heart, liver, biliary tract, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and adrenal glands)
  • Pelvic organs (including male and female reproductive organs)
  • Blood vessels (via MRA)
  • Breasts

MRI can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Cysts and tumors
  • Heart problems
  • Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels
  • Diseases of the liver, other abdominal organs, small intestine, colon and rectum
  • Causes of pelvic pain
  • Breast cancer

MRI MachineWhat does an MRI machine look like?

Above you will see two types of MRI machines: a regular MRI scanner and the Open MRI scanner. The regular MRI scanner is a large cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a circular magnet with a table that moves into and out of the magnet. The Open MRI scanner is open on both sides and does not completely surround the patient.

For more information, please visit:

www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=bodymr#part_one

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