Term: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans

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Last Updated: 2020-05-21


Another way to take pictures of the inside of the body, MRI uses magnetism and radio waves. It produces much more detailed images than X-rays because of its ability to separate different types of tissues. MRI can be used to look at any area of the body and is especially useful in diagnosing disease within the soft tissues of the head, spinal cord, kidneys, urinary tract, pancreas, and liver, as well as, tendon and ligament damage in joints. Data are taken from Medical Services (physician claims) data, using tariff codes 7501-7528.

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