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Brain and Spinal Cord Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that provides high-quality cross-sectional images of organs and structures within the body, without X-rays or radiation.

It has special use in diagnosing disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)(see Health Profile: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).


The MRI image gives information about the chemical makeup of tissues, thus helping to distinguish normal, cancerous, atherosclerotic, and traumatized tissue masses in the image.


What is MRI and how does it work? How long does the test take?

Are there any risks or complications from the test?

Will Gadolinium DTPA or any other medium be administered? What are the side effects?

What happens if I feel claustrophobic or if I panic while in the tube?

How long does it take for the results?

What is the chance of a missed lesion or tumor? What is the chance of a false reading?