Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

​Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to determine the condition of soft tissue, bone marrow and the central nervous system, which are high in fat and water. Coils, which amplify the signals produced by an MRI machine, are located next to the targeted body part.

MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields. MRI scanning does not generate ionising radiation. MRI is contraindicated in patients with a pacemaker, insulin pump or a prosthetic implant, which might interact with the magnetic field. An MRI scan usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, which is significantly longer than CT scans.