Magnetic Resonance Imaging

October 26, 2016

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. The MRI scanner is an elongated tube surrounded by a giant circular magnet. The patient is placed on a moveable bed that is inserted into the magnet. There are loud, repetitive clicking noises, which occur during the test as the scanning proceeds. Occasionally, patients require injections of liquid intravenously to enhance the images. The MRI scanning time depends on the exact area of the body studied, but ranges from 30 minutes to 1-½ hours.