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:
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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