Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) To Evaluate Different Parts of the Body

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the body is a noninvasive imaging technique that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to visualize detailed internal structure and limited function of the body. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the body is a better approach as compared to computed tomography as it provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body making it especially useful in neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and oncological imaging.

While conducting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the body, no ionizing radiation is used; instead, a powerful magnetic field to align the nuclear magnetization of hydrogen atoms in water in the body. The images produced can be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the body is performed to estimate organs of the chest and abdomen. The heart, liver, biliary tract, kidney, spleen, and pancreas and adrenal glands can be evaluated. The breasts, the female reproductive organs uterus, cervix and ovaries and the male reproductive organs such as prostate and testicles can also be evaluated. Using MR Angiography, the blood vessles can be evaluated.

Doctors suggest Magnetic Resonance Imaging to help diagnose or monitor treatment of medical conditions such as:

  • Tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis
  • Heart problems
  • Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels, including the aorta, renal arteries, and arteries in the legs.
  • Diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, and that of other abdominal organs, including the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreatic ducts.
  • Cysts and solid tumors in the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract.
  • Tumors and other abnormalities of the reproductive organs
  • To identify causes of pelvic pain in women, such as fibroids, endometriosis and adenomyosis.
  • To evaluate suspected uterine congenital abnormality in women undergoing evaluation for infertility.
  • Breast cancer and implants
This imaging technique is suggested when certain diseases cannot be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography.

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