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MRI scans on a light box. Silhouette of a doctor examining an array of coloured MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans of the human body. Scans in the right half of the frame are of the brain; spinal and pelvic scans are seen at left. They show "slices" through the body, created from radio signals in a powerful magnetic field. The technique of MRI scanning is especially good for studying soft body tissues like the brain, heart and spinal cord.
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