Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Identification of Various Diseases

Magnetic resonance imaging can help doctors in diagnosis of different medical conditions. Magnetic resonance imaging scanner is considered to be an important medical tool suitable for every part of the body, including the bones, soft tissues (such as blood vessels, ligaments and muscles) and the brain. In MRI, x-rays are not used. During the test, the patient does not experience any kind of pain or discomfort.

Magnetic resonance imaging technique can be used to investigate the entire body, such as:

  • Spinal, joint, ligament or tendon problems
  • Measuring blood flow in blood vessels
  • Diagnosing and planning of treatment for cancer
  • Gynecological problems
  • Breast disease
  • Assessment of brain function after a stroke
  • Assessment of heart function
However, this imaging technique is not suitable for everyone. Especially, if you have a medical device implanted in your body such as heart pacemaker, heart defibrillator (a device to establish a regular heart rhythm), medicine infusion pump (such as an insulin pump), inner ear implant (a hearing aid), neurostimulator (a device that stimulates nerves), aneurysm clip (a metal clip on an artery) or shunts (tubes) in the brain, then this imaging technique is not suitable for you.

A magnetic resonance imaging scanner cannot be used if you have shrapnel or gunshot wounds or if you have undergone body piercing or if you have tattoos or transdermal patches in your body. Your radiographer will be able to tell you whether it is safe for you to go ahead with the scan or not.

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