Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless test that produces detailed images of organs and tissues inside the body without using X-rays. During an MRI, strong magnets and radio waves work together to form images. MRI images may provide more details about a medical condition than X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds can provide.
For a standard MRI, you will lie on a table that slides into a tunnel. In an open MRI, the tunnel will be open at the sides. In some cases, dye (contrast material) may be injected into your bloodstream to make the MRI images even clearer.
The procedure can last from 30 minutes to over an hour.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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