MRI stands for Magnetic resonance imaging and is a safe and painless diagnostic test. It uses a large magnet and radio waves to provide detailed pictures of organs and other structures inside the human body.
MRI scans can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions of the body, from tumors to torn ligaments. MRI is a very useful test for examining the brain and spinal cord.An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to display pictures of tissues, organs and other structures of the body on a computer screen.
What is an MRI scan used for?
An MRI scan can be used to visualize most parts of the body. So, it can be used where other tests (such as X-rays) do not give the sufficient information.
An MRI scan can help to diagnose the following:
- Brain conditions, including tumors and dementias
- Sports injuries
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Spinal cord injuries and other conditions
- Vascular abnormalities
- Female pelvic problems
- Prostate problems
- Gastrointestinal tract conditions
- ENT conditions
How is an MRI performed?
An MRI unit is a large cylindrical magnet having a central opening, which is provided with a sliding table. The patient has to lie on this narrow table and then the table slides into the opening. The procedure can take anywhere between 30-45 minutes. During the exam, the patient needs to remain still.
People who cannot undergo an MRI scan include
- Pregnant women
- People with metallic pieces in their body, like a metal artificial joint
- People with electronic devices in their body, such as a cardiac pacemaker
- Those who have undergone a surgery in the last 8 weeks
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