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What are Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans?:
MRI scans use strong magnetic fields and radio to produce detailed images of your body’s internal organs and structures.
When are MRI scans used?:
MRI scans are especially useful for examining the brain and spinal cord. This can help physicians check for:
MRI scans are also sometimes taken of the heart and blood vessels to see:
MRI scans are useful for checking for problems within other internal organs, such as the:
When MRI scans are taken of a patient’s bones or joints, they can help doctors diagnose:
MRIs of the breasts can:
Possible complications of MRI scans:
If you’re having an MRI, any metal within your body could affect the results, or possibly pose a safety risk. Inform the technologist if you have:
Also inform your doctor if you think you may be pregnant, since the risks of MRIs to fetuses are not yet fully understood. Your physician may opt for another type of test.
Lastly, discuss any kidney or liver problems with your doctor and the MRI technologist before the test. In some cases, they may be unable to use contrast agents–substances injected into your body before the test in order to better highlight the area being examined.
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