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Whole body scan. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) whole body scan of a nine year old boy in coronal (frontal) section. His head and brain (upper centre) are seen in sagittal (side) section. The skeleton is visible as the long bones of the limbs and the vertebrae of the spine. In the chest, the lungs are dark grey. In the abdomen are the lobes of the liver (upper centre), while the oval bladder (dark, centre) is in the pelvis. This whole body image is the product of a number of MRI scans made along the length of the body and then combined. MRI scanning uses radio waves and a powerful magnetic field to produce "slice" images through the body.
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