MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a powerful diagnostic tool that is widely used to evaluate various parts of the body. However, despite its popularity, there are several myths and misconceptions about MRI that can cause confusion and anxiety for patients. Here are four myths about MRI that are important to understand:

Myth 1: MRI is a type of X-ray

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body, rather than X-ray radiation. Unlike X-rays, MRI does not expose patients to ionizing radiation, making it a safer option for certain patients, such as pregnant women.

Myth 2: MRI is painful

MRI is a completely painless procedure. You may feel a slight sensation of pressure or tightness when inside the scanner, but this is not painful and should not cause any discomfort.

Myth 3: MRI machines are claustrophobic

Many people are anxious about the idea of being in a small, enclosed space during an MRI. However, modern MRI machines are designed with this in mind. They are often open or have more space and they also have speakers and headphones to listen to music and communicate with the technologist. At Desert Peak Imaging, our Open MRI is designed specifically with claustrophobic patient's in mind.

Myth 4: MRI is not safe

MRI is considered to be a safe diagnostic tool when used as recommended. It does not involve ionizing radiation and the magnetic field is not harmful to the body. However, patients should inform their radiologist of any medical conditions, such as pacemaker, cochlear implant or other implants, or if they are pregnant, as they might not be eligible for the exam.