Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and your body is moved into the MRI machine, where an image is taken of the area of the body being studied.
You may have an MRI for many reasons. This test can find problems such as tumours, bleeding, injury, blood vessel disease, and infection. An MRI also may provide more information about a problem seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, CT scan, or nuclear medicine examination.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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