Quick Facts About MRI
What are the advantages of MRI?
MRI is especially useful in detecting and visualizing:
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Tumours of the pituitary gland and brain
- Infections in the brain, spine and joints
- Torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle
- Shoulder injuries (tendonitis)
- Masses in the soft tissues of the body
- Bone tumours, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine
- Strokes in their earliest stages
Are MRIs safe?
The MRI unit is built to protect patients and staff and is absolutely safe when properly administered. However, the magnet, the most important part of the MRI system, is very powerful and there are strict precautions in place. No metallic objects are allowed in the MRI room (such as keys, pocket knives, safety pins/hairpins, hearing aids, watches, coins, credit cards etc). This also affects people who have pacemakers, metal-based tattoos or who have had surgery or injuries involving metal.