MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a noninvasive scanning procedure used by physicians to capture high quality detailed images of tissue and internal organs in the human body. The procedure requires that the client lies flat in the MRI machine. While in the machine, the client is surrounded by high powered magnets, which align the bodies nuclei structure, causing the body to produce a magnet field. The MRI then detects the magnetic field, which translates the body’s magnetism into a image of the body. The scanner produces 2D and 3D images of the body with high resolution.
Compared to X-Ray and CAT scans, MRIs offers sharper contrast, which make it easier to differentiate between different organs and tissue in the body. X-rays contain a week point in that they are unable to show the body’s organs and tissue clearly. Furthermore, CAT scans nor X-rays have the ability to distinguish abnormal and healthy tissue. Furthermore, both CAT scans and X-rays require potentially harmful radiation that MRIs do not require. Thus, clients can receive an MRI without risk of potential side effects, which can be especially useful for patients who require multiple scans in a condensed period of time. To determine the appropriate scan for you, consult a physician.