JON MEYER, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JON MEYER, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
MRI chest scan. Coloured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a sagittal section through a human chest. The spinal cord can clearly be seen running from top centre to bottom right. The individual vertebrae of the spine (blue squares) are also clearly defined. Also seen in the image is the heart (red, lower left). The pink lines superimposed on the image depict the way that MRI scanning creates "slice" images through the body using radio waves. MRI is a very powerful tool when trying to diagnose a condition without using exploratory surgery.
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