What is magnetic resonance imaging?
Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, is an imaging process which does not use ionizing radiation and is therefore completely safe. MRI gives the neuroradiologist an opportunity to view the brain and spinal cord in longitudinal slices. Like CT and angiography, MRI can be used to examine the nervous system for pathological changes.
The patient lies on a flat table which is positioned within the magnetic field. The magnetic field which, is composed of radio waves, will produce an image of the area that is being scanned. This image can then be examined for biological changes.