MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is based on magnetic resonance of hydrogen protons. Especially minor contrast deviations in soft tissues in the body can be imaged effectively using MRI. Therefore MRI is better at visualizing soft tissue pathology than CT scan. Almost anything can be imaged with the MRI scanner. The list of indications is long and continues to lengthen with new technical developments. The following is an outline to give you some idea of the applications of MRI (fig. 1).
Figure 1. Summary of MRI indications. HNP = Herniated nucleus pulposus MRCP = Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography, IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease.