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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. It is considered to be the safest way to take cross-sectional images of the body.

The MRI scanner does not use x-rays or any other radiation sources to take images so there are no side effects. Having a scan is completely painless. 

The scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets. You lie on a flat bed that is moved inside the tube during the scan. The tube’s diameter is between 65 and 70cm, or 25.5 to 27.5 inches.

An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the brain and spinal cord, bones and joints, breasts, heart and blood vessels, and internal organs such as the liver, womb or prostate gland.

Please see Radiology Services for more details