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Advances in MRI modalities and capabilities can facilitate optimal comfort and help alleviate anxiety for patients.

Approximately 40 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed annually in the United States, a statistic that underscores the value of the modality in helping providers diagnose a wide array of diseases. MRIs can aid in evaluating injuries of the back, knee, and other joints, identifying anomalies of the brain and spinal cord, and diagnosing diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs to name a few.

In contrast with other imaging modalities, MRI does not use ionizing radiation and is safe for patients and operators when used appropriately. To ensure patient and staff safety, healthcare professionals must follow some important guidelines and invest in MRI technology that reduces patient anxiety

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