How the Mri Procedure Has Impacted Society

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How the MRI Procedure has an Impact on Society
Robin T. Maynard
Bethel University

Abstract
The introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging several years ago has a tremendous effect on our society today. This procedure enables physicians to diagnose and possibly cure several diseases which could otherwise prove to be fatal. As for anything in our society, there are some people who will criticize and find the negative points to it, however the positive impact that MRI scanning has on our society definitely outweigh any negatives.

How the MRI Procedure has an Impact on Society Since the introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, better known as the MRI scan, medical technology has taken a
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During a brain MRI, a special mechanism called a head coil is placed around the patient's head to assist in producing very detailed images of the brain. The head coil does not touch the person, and the person can see through large gaps in the coil. A spine MRI is normally used to look for a herniated disk or narrowing of the spinal canal in patients with neck, arm, back, and leg pain. It is also the best examination to use to search for a recurrent disk herniation in a patient who has had prior back surgery. A bone and joint MRI can be used to check virtually all of the bones, joints, and soft tissues; it can be used to identify injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and bones. A MRI of the abdomen is most commonly used to look more specifically at an abnormality seen on another test, such as an ultrasound or a CT scan. The exam is usually customized to look at such organs as the liver, pancreas, or adrenal glands. For female patients, a pelvic MRI provides a more detailed look at the ovaries and uterus and is often used to follow up an abnormality seen on ultrasound. For male patients, a pelvic MRI is sometimes used to check those diagnosed with prostate cancer. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) depicts the blood vessels. The blood vessels in the neck and brain are often studied by MRA to look for areas of narrowing or widening. In the abdomen, the arteries supplying blood to the kidneys are also
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