MRI Scan (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is an MRI scan?
- When are MRI scans used?
- What are the risks of an MRI scan?
- How does a patient prepare for an MRI scan and how is it performed?
- How does a patient obtain the results of the MRI scan?
- Pictures of an MRI of the spine
- MRI Scan At A Glance
- Find a local Doctor in your town
MRI Scan At A Glance
- MRI scanning uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer to produce images of body structures.
- MRI scanning is painless and does not involve x-ray radiation.
- Patients with heart pacemakers, metal implants, or metal chips or clips in or around the eyes cannot be scanned with MRI because of the effect of the magnet.
- Claustrophobic sensation can occur with MRI scanning.
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