An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is used in modern medicine to take detailed pictures of the human body. They are complex machines that are very useful in the medical field. But what should you know before going into a machine? Is there any way to prepare for it? Here are some things you should know about MRI imaging.
What is it used for?
An MRI machine uses magnetic fields and computers to take pictures of the inside of the body. They usually provide more details than a CT scan. It can be used to take images of the brain, spinal cord, reproductive organs, joints, and other parts of the body that may be hard to capture through other means.
Is it different from a CT scan?
Unlike a CT scan, this type of imaging does not use any radiation; this is why MRIs may be used on people who are pregnant or can otherwise not have contact with radiation. Instead, magnets and magnetic fields capture the image on a computer; it also produces a more detailed image.
Should I be worried about an MRI?
MRIs are relatively safe and do not have any adverse side effects. If you have metal in your body, you probably can’t receive an MRI because the metal can affect the magnetism. Other people can’t have them done because of claustrophobia in the machine.
What Else Should I Know?
If you have any more questions, there are a lot of resources online that can help. You can also contact the facility that is doing the MRI with any questions you may have, and they will be more than happy to help.
MRI imaging is an invaluable tool in medicine, but they can be intimidating. But the more you know about it, the less scary it seems.