What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of technology's most advanced diagnostic tools for doctors today. MRI allows physicians to detect and monitor many different problems including diseases, tumors, brain disorders, and joint and spine abnormalities.
The main component of the MRI system, or scanner, is a magnet. This magnet causes your body's hydrogen atoms to align themselves in such a way as to receive radio signals from the magnetic resonance system. When your body receives these signals, it reacts by sending its own radio signals back to the machine. It is this radio frequency transmitted by your body that is computer-processed and turned into incredibly detailed images.
MRI makes it possible for doctors to see detailed images of the internal structures of the body. MRI can lead to early detection and treatment of disease and, in many instances, eliminate the need for more risky procedures such as exploratory surgery or biopsy.