Heart Health

What is magnetic resonance imaging?

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic scan that uses magnetic fields and pulses of radio wave energy to produce images of the body’s inside. An MRI can detect diseases, injuries, or monitor how well a patient is doing with treatment. Unlike traditional X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRIs do not produce potentially harmful ionizing radiation.

What happens during magnetic resonance imaging?

During an MRI, you will lie down on an adjustable table that slides into the MRI machine. A lab assistant or technician will help you into a comfortable position where you will remain for the test’s duration. The technician will take a series of images to be reviewed by a radiologist once the test is complete.

What are the risks of magnetic resonance imaging?

An MRI is a safe and painless procedure. However, those who have claustrophobia may find the scan uncomfortable. Due to the magnets’ force, an MRI may not be recommended for patients with a pacemaker or an artificial metal joint.

To learn more about magnetic resonance imaging, request an appointment with one of our experts today!

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