What Is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI is a way to diagnose health conditions that affect organs, tissues, and bone. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate cross-sectional, three-dimensional images of a patient’s anatomy. It can be used to image many parts of the body such as the following: 

  • Brain
  • Optic nerve
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Pelvis
  • Breast
  • Musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints)
  • Blood vessels

Because MRIs do not use radiation, there is no risk of radiation exposure during a procedure.

All images are read by subspecialty trained radiologists who are experts in both specific body part being scanned and MRI modality. All university MRI technologists maintain current certification through the ARRT.


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About the Equipment

University of Utah Health Care uses state-of-the-art technology not offered anywhere else in Utah, to provide quicker and more accurate diagnoses. Three of our scanners are wide-bore and can comfortably accommodate patients up to 500 pounds.

Requests for sedation are managed on a case by case basis. Please inquire at time of scheduling.