MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves for diagnosis of diseases. This technology provides significant details and is particularly useful for imaging the brain, spine, spinal cord, prostate, heart, muscles, joints, abdominal organs, breasts and blood vessels. MRI helps the patient and referring doctor with prompt diagnosis and monitoring of multiple diseases including heart disease, stroke and musculoskeletal problems. MRI is also commonly used for patients with musculoskeletal injuries through sports or accidents. For patients with cancer, MRI is used to diagnose, stage and monitor the progress of disease pre and post treatment.
You don’t need to prepare for the scan. Avoid wearing jewellery or other accessories, or you’ll be asked to remove them. Prepare to change into a gown and remove all personal belongings. If you are claustrophobic, make sure you discuss with your physician or technician prior to accepting their recommendation for an MRI.