Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology has been around since the 1970s, and was originally designed as a way to view the insides of a body through the use of magnetic imaging. Over the years, however, the uses for MRI have continued to evolve, and it’s now one of the most diverse procedures available.
MRI technology has continued to evolve, and the procedure is now used to help diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including:
- Abnormalities of the brain/spinal cord
- Injuries and abnormalities of the joints
- Liver and abdominal diseases
- Uterine abnormalities
- Heart problems
- Tumors and cysts
- Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord
Possibly one of the most interesting aspects of the MRI evolution has been its usefulness in breast cancer screening. In recent years, there have been several studies about the effectiveness of MRI scans in early detection of breast cancer, and many of them have found that in several cases, MRI scans have been useful in detecting small malignancies that would otherwise be missed during a traditional mammogram.
Although MRI’s can sometimes be costly and aren’t recommended as the go-to procedure for women with low risk of cancer, they have proved to be very useful for women who are at a high risk for breast cancer. Studies have proved that “the additional cancer detection rate is high, even in heavily pre-screened women”.
It’s exciting to see how MRI technology has continually evolved to help detect and diagnose a number of different diseases, and we firmly believe that the uses for this technology will continue to grow.