What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imagining is an imaging technique used to analyze the internal structures and organs of the body. MRI uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy for this purpose. MRI is used to attain information about the body’s structures that can also be examined with ultrasound, X-ray, and CT scan, but in many cases, this test shows problems that are not apparent with other imaging methods.
What is MRI used for?
MRIs are used for multiple reasons. MRIs are very useful for finding problems like bleeding, infections, tumors, blood vessel diseases, and other injuries. The test is carried out on different areas of the body, depending upon the potential problem that has to be checked.
For instance head based MRIs can be done to test for an aneurysm, tumors, nerve injury, bleeding in the brain, and other problems. MRIs focusing on the chest area can check for problems in the heart, coronary blood vessels, and the valves. Moreover, MRI can check nerves and discs of the spine for conditions like disc bulges, spinal stenosis, and spinal tumors.
What is the process of having an MRI like?
The patient undergoing MRI will not feel any pain but may be slightly uncomfortable. The room in which the test is carried out may be cool and the table on which you lie and feel hard. You’ll also be asked to lie still for an extended amount of time. We understand this can be uncomfortable for some patients so please tell us if you feel this may be the case and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable.