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What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI obtains images of various parts of the body without the use of x-rays (ionizing radiation). An MR scanner consists of a large and very strong magnet which surrounds the patient. A specialized antenna transmits radiofrequency energy (RF) into the body and then receives the RF signals back. These returning signals are converted into pictures by a computer attached to the scanner. Pictures of almost any part of the body can be obtained at almost any angle.
IS MRI safe?
MRI is safe in the majority of patients although certain patients may not be able to have an MRI. These include people who are extremely claustrophobic and those with implanted medical devices such as certain aneurysm clips in the brain, heart pacemakers, and cochlear (inner ear) implants. Also, those people with pieces of metal close to or in an organ (such as the eye) may not be scanned. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. There are a few additional safety considerations and some exceptions based on individual circumstances.
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