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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine

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Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(3):474-476. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-108-3-474
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Magnetic resonance MR imaging is a new radiologic imaging technology that uses magnetic fields and radio-frequency energy to produce cross-sectional images of a body part of interest [2].

Advantages and Disadvantages of Imaging: DEMONSTRATED ADVANTAGES1. Magnetic resonance images can be acquired with equal clarity in any orientation: sagittal, coronal, or oblique as well as transaxial [2].2. The range of image contrast for this technique is broader and more continuous than the range for radiographic techniques. Tissue borders are seen more sharply, giving better anatomic definition [2].3. With MR imaging, patients are not exposed to ionizing radiation. This


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