Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that produces very clear pictures, or images, of the human body without the use of x-rays. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce these images. An MRI exam may provide further insight into an abnormality determined previously by an x-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.
The advantage of MRI over past imaging techniques is that by using magnetism instead of X-rays, MRI avoids exposing patients to ionizing radiation.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Tumors of the pituitary gland and brain
- Infections in the brain, spine or joints
- Torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle
- Shoulder injuries
- Masses in the soft tissues of the body
- Bone tumors, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine
- Strokes in their earliest stages
At Spectra Health, our MRI exams are performed using leading-edge MRI technology (Magnetom Essenza MRI (1.5T) and interpreted by experienced radiologists.