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Magnetic resonance imaging; Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the body. It does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices. The images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam can produce thousands of images. Different types of MRI...

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  • MRI of the brain

    MRI of the brain

    An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain creates a detailed image of the complex structures in the brain. An MRI can give a three-dimensional depiction of the brain, making location of problems such as tumors or aneurysms more precise.

    MRI of the brain

    illustration

  • MRI scans

    MRI scans

    MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It allows imaging of the interior of the body without using x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation. An MRI scan is capable of showing fine detail of different tissues.

    MRI scans

    illustration

  • Teratoma - MRI scan

    Teratoma - MRI scan

    This MRI scan shows a tumor (teratoma) at the base of the spine (seen on the left lower edge of the screen), located in the sacrum and coccyx (sacrococcygeal) area. Teratomas are present at birth and may contain hair, teeth, and other tissues.

    Teratoma - MRI scan

    illustration

  • Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

    Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

    This upper abdominal MRI scan shows multiple tumors in the liver which have spread (metastasized) from a malignant melanoma in an arm or leg. Note the light circular areas throughout the liver (seen mostly on the left side of the screen).

    Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

    illustration

  • Head MRI

    Head MRI

    MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It allows imaging of the interior of the body without using x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation. An MRI scan is capable of showing fine detail of different tissues of the head.

    Head MRI

    illustration

    • MRI of the brain

      MRI of the brain

      An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain creates a detailed image of the complex structures in the brain. An MRI can give a three-dimensional depiction of the brain, making location of problems such as tumors or aneurysms more precise.

      MRI of the brain

      illustration

    • MRI scans

      MRI scans

      MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It allows imaging of the interior of the body without using x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation. An MRI scan is capable of showing fine detail of different tissues.

      MRI scans

      illustration

    • Teratoma - MRI scan

      Teratoma - MRI scan

      This MRI scan shows a tumor (teratoma) at the base of the spine (seen on the left lower edge of the screen), located in the sacrum and coccyx (sacrococcygeal) area. Teratomas are present at birth and may contain hair, teeth, and other tissues.

      Teratoma - MRI scan

      illustration

    • Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

      Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

      This upper abdominal MRI scan shows multiple tumors in the liver which have spread (metastasized) from a malignant melanoma in an arm or leg. Note the light circular areas throughout the liver (seen mostly on the left side of the screen).

      Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

      illustration

    • Head MRI

      Head MRI

      MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It allows imaging of the interior of the body without using x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation. An MRI scan is capable of showing fine detail of different tissues of the head.

      Head MRI

      illustration

    Review Date: 7/3/2020

    Reviewed By: Jason Levy, MD, Northside Radiology Associates, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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