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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, more commonly referred to as MRI” is a type of scan which uses magnetism to obtain pictures of the inside of the body. MRI has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of disorders and conditions. MRI requires specialized equipment and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. MRI is generally the most sensitive exam for spinal and joint problems and is used to diagnose sports injuries. Radiologists are able to see very small injuries and tears to muscles and ligaments, especially affected areas such as the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows and wrists. MRI is also used for diagnosing some heart conditions and helps determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease. Before the scan you will be asked about your medical history. Most importantly, information in regards to metal objects. This includes pacemakers, pins or plates, surgical clips and cochlear implants (for deafness) and others. If you have any body piercing, you will have to remove them before your scan. If you have ever performed metalwork or think you may have any metal fragments anywhere, you may need to have an x-ray before your MRI.