Have you ever wondered what happened when you get an MRI? Like many other types of digital imaging, there are multiple factors that go into how the machine reads your body. An MRI, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, involves no radiation whatsoever and still produces some of the most detail images of a person’s body in modern radiology. Here’s a brief description of how an MRI works.
What Goes on During an MRI
Known as being one of the most accurate forms of radiology available, MRI’s use technology that not many types of diagnostic imaging utilize. This type of digital imaging uses a combination of both radio waves and magnetic fields to produce images of your body that cannot be seen in other types of radiology. The magnetic fields and radio waves work in sync with each other to show things like tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles, which are all things that cannot be seen in other forms of imaging.
The MRI machine consists of a few different parts, but the most significant and influential is the magnet, or bore. This is a powerful magnet that gives off the steady magnetic field used to produce the images for the MRI. In addition to the bore, there are also other magnets in the machine that help to keep the magnetic field stable.
These magnets work in coordination with the coils, or areas where the radio waves are sent through, to create images of the patient’s body. These coils are in various parts of the machine, which are placed to see multiple parts of the body. Working with the magnetic fields, the coils push radio waves through them and put a pulse through the hydrogen atoms in the body. This produces the MRI images you see after your scan is done.
If you are looking for a facility that has an open MRI, turn to us at Middletown Imaging today. Give us a call to arrange your appointment at (732) 275-0999.