MRI: What Is Its Importance?

patient using MRI scanner

Magnetic resonance imaging, or simply known as MRI, is a type of radiology technique that uses powerful magnets and radio waves, as well as a computer powerful enough to take detailed images of the inside of the body. The results of this scan will allow your doctor to accurately diagnose your disease and prescribe you with the right treatment and medication. It should also be noted that MRI does not use radiation like CT scans and X-rays.

If you need to have an MRI, you can go to a community health care organization that provides magnetic resonance imaging services, like Rainy Lake Medical Center.

What is MRI for?

An MRI is important in correctly diagnosing your injury or disease, as it provides crucial diagnostic information that other imaging techniques cannot offer. It can also be used to monitor how you are responding to the treatment. It can be used on various parts of the body, such as the brain, heart, blood vessels, joints and bones, liver, kidneys, pancreas, prostate, breasts, and ovaries, to detect any anomalies such as cancers, brain injuries, bone infections, or cardiovascular diseases.

MRI risks

MRI is a powerful imaging radiology technique. However, since it makes use of a powerful magnetic field, it does not work well with any type of metal. You will be asked to remove all accessories with metals before entering the MRI room. If you have any implants with a metal such as artificial heart valves or prostheses, you should let the MRI technologist know so that they can take all necessary precautions before you enter the MRI room.

People with a pacemaker are generally not advised to have an MRI scan because the magnetic field can damage the device. However, there are new devices being invented that are MRI safe. To be safe, let your doctor know if you have any implants that contain metal if they suggest that you undergo an MRI scan.