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What is the difference between CT and MRI scan?

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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Mechanism

Mri is based on the spin-spin splitting of hydrogen atoms inherent to all bodily tissues, namely in the form of water. The raw data produced from an MRI scan must undergo extensive processing to be converted into a "readable" image.
Ct scans are essentially fancy x-ray machines which can take "slices" of whatever is being examined (head, abdomen, chest, etc.) unlike mri, ct uses ionizing radiation.

In brief: Mechanism

Mri is based on the spin-spin splitting of hydrogen atoms inherent to all bodily tissues, namely in the form of water. The raw data produced from an MRI scan must undergo extensive processing to be converted into a "readable" image.
Ct scans are essentially fancy x-ray machines which can take "slices" of whatever is being examined (head, abdomen, chest, etc.) unlike mri, ct uses ionizing radiation.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Basically

An MRI uses magnets to generate images and a ct scan uses x-rays.
They each show different things better. Depends on what part of the body is being imaged and what is being looked for as to which one is preferable.

In brief: Basically

An MRI uses magnets to generate images and a ct scan uses x-rays.
They each show different things better. Depends on what part of the body is being imaged and what is being looked for as to which one is preferable.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Dr. Anthony Filly
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