How an MRI Works

One of the greatest things about modern medicine is the fact that it’s constantly improving with technology and research. However how those advancements are made is sometimes a mystery to the people outside of who are making these improvements. With the advancement of MRIs in the past few years, the procedure itself has vastly improved in accuracy, patient comfort, and the time it takes to be done. Still the question of how an actual MRI works is out there, and we’re here to explain how. Here’s exactly what happens during an MRI.

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MRIs & Magnets

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, and is primarily powered on magnetic fields. How this works is that the MRI machine sends out very strong magnets to create magnetic fields within the body. These magnetic fields make the protons in the body come together with the fields, so when the radio waves that machine uses are sent through the patient, the protons are roused. While the protons are being charged, they work against the equilibrium of the magnetic field. Once the radio waves turn off, the protons release energy that the MRI measures as they come back to the magnetic field. Using the reading of the proton’s energy, the time it takes for them to find their way back to the magnetic field, and what the protons are made of, a doctor is able to view the MRI scan to diagnosis certain conditions.

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