Types of imaging tests
Computed tomography (CT)
Types of procedures
Procedures by areas of the body
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET)
Imaging tests and your health and safety
The healthcare team
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to make clear and detailed pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRI doesn’t use ionizing radiation like x-rays or CT scans.
During the test, you’ll lie on a table that’s attached to a large donut-shaped machine, called an MRI scanner. You may get contrast dye injected into a vein or in a drink that you swallow. This helps to show parts of your body more clearly.
MRI helps find tumours and diagnose diseases of the liver, heart, and intestines.
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