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What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

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An MRI is a type of scan that uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Unlike an X-ray, which takes pictures of your bones, MRI shows your bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even some blood vessels. The test can show a range of problems, including:

  • Damaged cartilage
  • Torn tendons or ligaments
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infections
  • Tumors

From: What to Expect During a Knee MRI WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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