Division of Neuroradiology
Contact Information

Barbara Wilson
Diagnostic Imaging
The Ottawa Hospital
General Campus
Room S2, Box 232
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8L6 Canada

Tel: 613-737-8571
Fax: 613-737-8830

bawilson@toh.on.ca

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.

MRI Unit

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