Magnetic resonance imaging, typically referred to as MRI, is a means for doctors to “see” inside the body to look for certain diseases and abnormal conditions. MRI creates realistic images that can reveal differences between healthy and unhealthy tissues, and has become the procedure of choice for diagnosing numerous potential problems throughout the body. Doctors regularly use MRI to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart and more.
MRI does not utilize the ionizing radiation used in x-ray or computed tomography (CT) exams. Instead, it relies on specialized equipment that employs a powerful, constant magnetic field, rapidly changing local magnetic fields, radiofrequency energy and dedicated equipment (including a powerful computer) to create detailed, clear pictures of internal body structures.
To learn more about how MRI captures these images, download our patient guide.
Advanced MRI Technology
Intermountain Medical Imaging offers a wide range of specialized MRI examinations, all performed on a 1.5T or 3T MRI, state-of-the-art technology that delivers unsurpassed image detail and clarity, optimal scanning efficiency and superior patient comfort.
To learn more about the advantages of 3T MRI, click here.
What to Expect During Your MRI
MRI examinations require minimal preparation, but there are a few important things to know before your procedure. Watch the video below or click here to learn more about what to expect before, during and after your MRI.
Each year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures. MRI has been shown to be extremely safe when proper precautions are followed. In general, the MRI procedure produces no pain and causes no known short- or long-term tissue damage.
Because MRI utilizes a powerful magnetic field, specific critical safety measures involving metal objects both inside and outside the body must be followed. To learn more about MRI safety measures and how to follow them, click here.