Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless method of obtaining detailed pictures of internal body structures without the use of radiation or radioactive substances of any kind.
Traditional radiation x-rays image calcium, so they are useful to see bones. MRI scans, however, image water, which makes them advantageous because all tissues of the body contain various amounts of water. This allows high-resolution pictures of many organs and tissues to be taken that are invisible to radiation x-rays.
An MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer that allows your doctor to view your spine or brain in slices. The images can be taken from just about any angle. You are placed in a magnetic field while harmless radio waves are turned on and off. Taking pictures of your body’s interior in this way can investigate or diagnose conditions such as tumors, joint or spinal injuries or diseases, soft tissue injuries or diseases of internal organs.
For your convenience, The Florida Spine Institute has a friendly and relaxed in-house MRI imaging center, saving you time since you don’t have to go anywhere else for this sophisticated procedure.