What is MRI?

MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan)

MRI means Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It is a non-invasive, painless, diagnostic scan which provides a detailed picture, allowing the radiologist to see internal organs.

Unlike many other tests, such as X-ray, an MRI scan can create clear pictures of most parts of the body making it an extremely valuable diagnostic tool. It is commonly used to obtain detailed pictures of the brain and spinal cord, to detect abnormalities and tumors. Even torn ligaments around joints can be detected by an MRI scan. So, it is being used more and more following sports injuries.
The MRI scan can be used to detect the early stages of many conditions.

What are some common uses of MRI?

The following are just some of the examples where an MRI scan is used:
•  Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord.
•  Tumours, cysts and other abnormalities in various parts of the body.
• General Musculo-skeletal (MSK) examinations, examples Knees, wrists, shoulders and ankles
•  Certain types of back pain.
•  Diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs.
•  Causes of pelvic pain in women (e.g. fibroids, endometriosis).
•  Suspected uterine abnormalities in women undergoing evaluation for infertility.