Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scanner that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of what’s inside the body.

It is a common procedure around the world. It doesn’t determine whether the patient has epilepsy or not, however, it may help the specialist decide what the likely cause of the seizure is alongside other tests. It looks at the structure and function of the brain to search for any type of damage.

There might be a scar or a laceration that is seen on the image, but many people have that without having epilepsy and many people with epilepsy don’t necessarily have it.

An MRI scanner is a large tube-shaped machine that contains powerful magnets. The patient will lie on a bed which then slides into the scanner.

During the test, the MRI will send images of the brain that shows different types of brain tissue in different colors. You’ll hear a repetitive clicking noise when the scanner is taking a picture. It is a safe and painless procedure. There are no proven risks to pregnant women or unborn babies from MRI exams.

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