MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and it is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.
There are several types of MRIs. There are head MRIs, chest MRIs, blood vessel MRIs, abdomen and pelvis MRIs, bones and joints MRIs, and Spine MRIs.
Bone and joint MRIs check for problems such as arthritis, bone marrow problems, bone tumors, cartilage problems, torn ligaments, torn tendons, or infections. It can also check for broken bones.
Spine MRIs check the discs and nerves of the spine for conditions such as spinal stenosis, disc bulges, and spinal tumors.