Glossary Term:


magnetic resonance imaging or MRI



A method of taking cross-section pictures of the inside of the body. Instead of using x-rays, MRI uses strong magnets to make images. The images appear on a computer screen as well as on film. MRI creates pictures of soft tissue parts of the body that are sometimes hard to see using other imaging tests. Also known as magnetic resonance, MR, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging.