Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI scanner at Chesterfield Royal

MRI can produce two or three-dimensional image of what is going on side a patient’s body. It uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer. The magnet is large enough to surround the patient.


MRI pictures are extremely precise – so precise that Doctors can often get as much information from MRI as they would from looking directly at the tissue.


MRI uses no x-rays and the magnetic fields MRI does use are not known to be harmful.

Photo: Imaging Dept, CRH

Below is a view through the C-spine, you can see how well the spinal cord and the food pipe anatomy is visualised compared to the plain film:

Plain film

X-ray of spine

Photo: Imaging Dept, CRH


MRI scan of spine

Photo: Imaging Dept, CRH

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