Sometimes your MRI test results may be
different from the results of CT, ultrasound, or X-ray tests, because the MRI
scan shows tissue differently.
MRI is a safe test for looking at
structures and organs inside the body. It costs more than other methods and may
not be available in your area.
Open MRI machines are now made so
that the magnet does not completely surround you. But these machines may not be
available in all medical centers. Open MRI is useful for people who are
claustrophobic or obese.
spectroscopy is a special MRI method that identifies certain medical problems
by looking for specific chemicals in body tissues.
Contrast material that contains gadolinium may cause a
serious skin problem (called nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy) in people with
kidney failure. Before having an MRI scan, tell your
doctor if you have serious kidney disease or if you have had a kidney
MRI can be used to check different parts
of the body, such as the head, belly, breast, spine, shoulder, and knee.