Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method of viewing the inside of the body without surgery or radiation. MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and computer technology to produce highly detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and all other internal structures of the body. MRI exams are commonly used to look at the brain, spinal column, breast, abdomen, pelvic area and joints. MRI images can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy tissue, and give your doctor a powerful tool for diagnosing and treating medical conditions.
MRI scans are painless and have no known side effects. Millions of people from young children to the elderly have had MRI examinations.