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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
  • Tendonitis
  • 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.