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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

An MRI uses magnetic waves and computers to make two- and three-dimensional images of the inside of the body.

Benefits of MRI include:

  • Clearer images of soft-tissue structures, such as the heart and lungs, than with other imaging technology
  • Enhanced ability to provide an early diagnosis and evaluation of tumors
  • Able to detect abnormalities that may be obscured by a bone

Painless Imaging for Diagnosis

MRI  is a non-invasive approach that uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to produce clear images of internal organs and structures.

MRI technology is useful in diagnosing a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. Sports injuries can also be diagnosed, especially those occurring in the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist.

MRI is an excellent way to determine the cause of back pain because of its ability to view the anatomy of vertebrae that make up the spine.

Open MRI Offers Increased Comfort


Cape Cod Hospital offers a new, high-quality MRI unit, which provides a more patient-friendly experience. The new unit provides a larger "bore," or opening, allowing many exams to be completed with the patient’s head outside the bore. This makes the experience easier for large patients and individuals with claustrophobia to have an MRI examination and potentially reduces the need to repeat or interrupt exams.

Learn More About MRI

For more information on MRI capabilities at Cape Cod Healthcare, call 877-MRI-0070 (877-674-0070). You can also learn more about magnetic resonance imaging from our online Health Library or from RadiologyInfo.org.

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