An Overview of the Brain MRI: a Technologically Advanced Lifesaving Device

For hundreds, if not thousands of years, brain tumors have long been a mystery that doctors have never quite been able to completely solve. Thankfully, technology has been developed that now allows doctors to physically see inside of a human being’s brain in order to detect and/or diagnose cancer or other brain injuries or problems. There are different kinds of brain MRI tests that function on several levels, allowing physicians to get a much clearer picture of what is happening to a patient’s brain. For example, an informational MRI simply looks for neurological “hot spots” of activity going on inside the brain. This test can help doctors to look for mental issues or other problems by finding out where the most activity is going on. This is not only a great way to diagnose someone, but also an excellent teaching tool and research vehicle for the study of the human brain.

The term MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, because the device uses powerful magnets to help scan the internal areas of the brain or other organs. Most patients receiving a brain MRI will take the test lying down however there are newer models out today that allow people to take the test sitting up. There are also a great deal of new software types out on the market that allow the brain MRI to be more powerful than ever, such as 3D imaging software and software that allows doctors to map the brain in sections, and view each section specifically once scanned. The development of the brain MRI is a pioneering achievement for hospitals, physicians, and neurosurgeons everywhere. It has given millions of people a second chance at life thanks to much earlier detection, and also helped surgeons to pinpoint tumors or other problems easier, making surgery more effective.

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