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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 .
1. Magnetic resonance images can be acquired with equal clarity in any orientation: sagittal, coronal, or oblique as well as transaxial .
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 .
3. With MR imaging, patients are not exposed to ionizing radiation. This
HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine. Ann Intern Med. ;108:474–476. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-3-474
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(3):474-476.
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