Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Also known as: MRI.

What is magnetic resonance imaging?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a common imaging test used to give medical professionals a closer look at organs or structures inside the body. The images are created using magnetic and radio waves.

What happens during the procedure?

The patient lies on their back on a table and is slide inside a large, cylindrical machine. The patient must lie still while the scan is being performed. It may take many minutes to an hour to perform the test.

Is any special preparation needed? 

Patients must avoid wearing any metal, such as jewelry, during the test. Patients should also notify their doctor if they are pregnant before undergoing an MRI.


Reviewed by: Nolan R Altman, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/12/2018 7:49:37 AM