What is MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)?

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the organs and tissues within the body. These images can be used to evaluate your body’s structure and function.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Brain lesions 268 50
Multiple sclerosis 239 69
Diagnostic assessment 202 66
General health 69 19
Increase effect of another treatment 64 6
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 44 7

Show all 203 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 20
Mild 27
None 209

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Side effect Patients
Headaches 7
Anxious mood 6
Fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia) 6
Pain 5
Muscle soreness 4
Back pain 3

Show all 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Dosage Patients
as needed 50
one time 22
yearly 21
every 6 months 6
every 3 months 3
daily 1
every 8 weeks 1
every other week 1
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 207
Usually 19
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 74
Not at all hard to take 134
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 27
$100-199 8
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 88
Not specified 141
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46 patient evaluations for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Dec 22, 2016 (Started Jan 23, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (radiation exposure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jul 18, 2010 (Started Jan 23, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: If you are claustraphobic, ask for an "open-air" MRI. Otherwise, the MRI machines are like tubes. A typical MRI is fairly expensive...so shop around because some centers are less expensive. However, most insurance companies cover an MRI as a diagnostic procedure in determining the location of and/or further progression of plaques/lesions in the brain and spine.

Nov 21, 2008 (Started Jan 23, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: MRIs are very expensive so if you need one, make sure your insurance covers it.

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Jan 7, 2016 (Started Dec 26, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for urinary incontinence)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for tremor in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for paresthesia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for cramps in feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 4, 2016 (Started Sep 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

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