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 267 48
Multiple Sclerosis 237 65
Diagnostic assessment 198 63
General health 69 19
Increase effect of another treatment 64 6
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 44 7

Show all 228 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 12
Moderate 20
Mild 25
None 207

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
Muscle soreness 4
Pain 4
Back pain 3

Show all 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Dosage Patients
as needed 53
yearly 24
one time 1
every 6 months 4
daily 1
every 3 months 1
every 6 weeks 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 202
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 73
Not at all hard to take 130
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 26
$100-199 8
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 87
Not specified 138
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46 patient evaluations for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Lukasz's full MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Lukasz's full MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) history

Jan 4, 2016 (Started Nov 19, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

  • 0 helpful marks
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