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How Does an MRI Work?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

MRI scannerNIBIB's 60 Seconds of Science explains what is happening in the body when it undergoes an MRI.

MRIs employ powerful magnets which produce a strong magnetic field that forces protons in the body to align with that field. When a radiofrequency current is then pulsed through the patient, the protons are stimulated, and spin out of equilibrium, straining against the pull of the magnetic field. When the radiofrequency field is turned off, the MRI sensors are able to detect the energy released as the protons realign with the magnetic field. The time it takes for the protons to realign with the magnetic field, as well as the amount of energy released, changes depending on the environment and the chemical nature of the molecules. Physicians are able to tell the difference between various types of tissues based on these magnetic properties.

 

 

 

Atlantis Worldwide has been providing Used MRIs since 1993 and has sometimes been asked -not by doctors but by the curious -How Does an MRI work? We think this video explains it very simply.

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