What is an MRI Scan?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, which is a kind of diagnostic procedure that takes pictures of the body using radio waves. Protons, found in water and which are present in the body, respond to the magnetic field that the MRI machine sends out. A computer receives this information to create a clear and very detailed image of the organ.
Unlike the CT scan and normal x-ray, an MRI is safer to use as it does not use radiation throughout the procedure. The results are also produced faster as the data is relayed to a computer instantaneously. But as an MRI uses a powerful magnet, it may not be good for certain people who have medical devices/ implants in their bodies or have conditions that may react to the scan. Consult your doctor.
When Is It Recommended To Get One?
MRI scans like CT scans can be expensive. This is because it provides high-level data that gives doctors and medical practitioners accurate information about a patient’s condition.
An MRI scan is usually recommended for the following cases:
- Check tumors, injuries, and diseases found in soft tissue organs such as the brain, heart, and digestive system
- Diagnose conditions in the reproductive organ such as prostate glands, womb, and breast
- Monitor previous treatment to help plan future treatments
MRI scans are complemented by x-ray results, which provide more data on the bones. MRIs rely mostly on the water found in the organ and so cannot provide accurate data on bone tissue. Bone does not contain much water.