Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method of obtaining images of the interiors of objects, especially living things, such as humans and animals. It does not use ionizing radiation like X-rays. Instead, it employs radiofrequency (RF) waves and intense magnetic fields to excite atoms in the object under evaluation. Patterns in this excitation are observed on a display. MRI can provide real-time, three-dimensional views of body organs, muscles, and joints without invasive surgery.
The MRI procedure is considered indispensable by many physicians, especially for the evaluation of sports-related injuries and for the diagnosis of chronic disease conditions. In order to properly interpret the display of an MRI, the expertise of a physician or radiologist is required. Most people lack the medical knowledge to properly interpret an MRI. An MRI can reveal minor damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. An MRI display of the heart and surrounding arteries can provide an early warning of advancing coronary disease and can help locate cancerous tumors.
The MRI exam is painless. If you have a contrast dye injected, there may be a momentary stinging when the IV needle is injected, and you may also feel a slight cooling sensation as the dye is injected.
After the exam, a radiologist will analyze the images and send a report to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss your results and any further action, tests, or treatment that may be necessary with you.
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