MRI Machines: Behind The Scenes


“MRI machine – April 4 2017” by Karmor is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By: Matteo Compart, Journalist

What is an MRI Machine?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI Machines are tubes that scan people using magnetic fields and radio waves to check for health problems inside the body. 

When was the MRI Machine first used?

After lots of failed attempts, the MRI Machine was ready to be used. On July 3, 1977, the first MRI Exam was conducted on a human. The use of MRI Machines went up a lot over time and still continues to rise.

What is the difference between MRI and X-Ray?

X-Rays use radiation to detect injuries and other medical issues,  MRIs use magnetic waves instead. MRIs are better at detecting issues involving soft tissues than X-Rays.

When is a scan needed?

An MRI is usually needed when there is an issue with ligaments or cartilage. MRI Machines can detect damage in soft tissues better than any other machine.

How are MRI Machines used in sports?

MRI scans are used in sports to determine how severe some injuries are. They detect injuries that involve ligaments or any tissue in the body. This helps to make sure athletes aren’t playing when the injury is more severe than it seems.


MRI Machines are being used way more than before and new uses for the machine are still being figured out.

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