magnetic resonance imaging

Pronunciation: (mag-NEH-tik REH-zuh-nunts IH-muh-jing)

A procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. These pictures can show the difference between normal and diseased tissue. Magnetic resonance imaging makes better images of organs and soft tissue than other scanning techniques, such as computed tomography (CT) or x-ray. Magnetic resonance imaging is especially useful for imaging the brain, the spine, the soft tissue of joints, and the inside of bones. Also called MRI, NMRI, and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen. The patient lies on a table that slides into the MRI machine, which takes pictures of the inside of the body. The pad on the patient’s abdomen helps make the pictures clearer.Imaginología por resonancia magnética (IRM) del abdomen. El paciente se acuesta en una camilla que se desliza hacia la máquina de IRM, la cual toma radiografías de la parte interior del cuerpo. La almohadilla en el abdomen del paciente ayuda a tomar imágenes más claras. Date last modified: 2010-03-26