An x-ray is a test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of the body. It does NOT use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

 Health professionals use these images to diagnose a variety of conditions, from ligament tears to tumors. MRI scans are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.

 During the scan, the patient lies on a table that slides into a tunnel-shaped device. The study usually takes a long time to complete and the patient must remain still. The scan causes no pain. The MRI machine makes a lot of noise. Your hearing care professional can offer earplugs.

 Before having a test done, tell your doctor or technician if you have one:

 She’s pregnant

He’s got metal pieces in his body. You may have metal in your body if you have bullet or pellet injuries or if you are a welder.

Have electronic or metal devices in the body, such as a heart pacemaker or artificial joint

The different types of MRI include:

  • MRI of the head
  • Cervical MRI scan
  • Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • MRI of the abdomen
  • MRI of the chest
  • Pelvic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRI)

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