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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technique that combines a powerful magnetic field with computer technology to produce exquisitely detailed images of your body's soft tissue (organs, muscles, fat). Because certain atoms in our cells respond, or resonate, slightly in the presence of magnetic fields, MRI is able to use that response to create an amazingly clear, detailed computer representation of internal organs, muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system. Using cross-sectional imaging of the body along multiple planes (like slices of bread), the clarity of these images is far greater than is available with conventional CT scans, X-rays, or even myelograms, allowing your physician to make an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. MRI is noninvasive (except in cases where contrast agents are injected).
Although an MRI is completely safe and painless, some people should not undergo an MRI, or will need to make special arrangements.
Any of the following conditions may interfere with your MRI. Please call us immediately if you are scheduled for an MRI and:
Claustrophobia is a serious condition that may prevent patients from having a medically necessary MRI scan. At Tufts Medical Center, our staff and our equipment help patients minimize their anxiety and complete their scans successfully.
If you are prone to claustrophobia or panic attacks, or are in any way concerned about how you could react during the scanning procedure, talk to your doctor about medication options and choosing the least confining MRI option for your scan..
Our imaging technologists also assist patients with claustrophobia every day and are specially trained to help keep patients relaxed. We provide:
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