MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging.

An MRI scan is a type of test you can have to produce detailed images of the inside of your body. It uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create these images and is often used to diagnose or monitor a condition.

An MRI scan can be used to look at almost any part of your body. The pictures created by an MRI scan can help to show up any differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. It can be used to detect lots of different problems in your body such as inflammation, tumours or damage such as a broken bone. It’s particularly good at looking at soft tissue such as breast tissue, and organs such as your brain, liver and heart. MRI scanning can also be used to examine your blood vessels, nerves and muscles.

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