A magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) uses magnetism and radio waves to create a detailed image of what the doctor needs to see inside your body -- such as tumors, injuries, infections, and more. There are certain precautions and preparation tasks that you will need to be aware of before the test. MRI magnets may react with any metal in your body, including pacemakers. Discuss these risks with your doctor. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how an MRI is done, what an MRI scan looks like, what to expect, and much more.
What Is an MRI? What Happens When I Get One?
An MRI is a test your doctor can use to diagnose and monitor different conditions. Find out why you might need this test and how it works.
Thoracic MRI of the Spine: How & Why It's Done
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Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis With MRI
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Imaging the Heart: The New Frontier
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Diagnostic Imaging: Beam Me Up Dr. McCoy
We're not quite at the Star Trek level yet with imaging technology, but recent advances are fine-tuning your medical care.
Christina Applegate Seeks Early Detection for Breast Cancer
Inspired by her own battle with cancer, the actress fights to help young women at high risk for the disease.