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How does a patient obtain the results of the MRI scan?
After the MRI scanning is completed, the computergenerates visual images of the area of the body that was scanned.These images can be transferred to film (hard copy). A radiologist is a physician who is specially trainedto interpret images of the body. The interpretation is transmitted in the form of a report to the practitioner whorequested the MRI scan. The practitioner can then discuss theresults with the patient and/or family.
Scientists are developing newer MRI scanners that are smaller, portable devices. These new scanners apparently can be most useful in detecting infections and tumors of the soft tissues of the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. The application of these scanners to medical practice is now being tested.
Pictures of an MRI of the spine
This patient had a herniated disc between vertebrae L4 and L5. The resulting surgery was a discectomy
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery
"Principles of magnetic resonance imaging"