MRI and Brain scans

My research topic is MRI and Brain scans. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. This connects to the reading “From the margins to the mainstream”by Temple Grandin because when people get diagnosed with autism they usually get a MRI scan. I decide to find out “how people get MRI and brain scans and how do they work”. People get MRI and brain scans for any inflammation or damage to an organ. Also, they work by aligning your protons with magnetic waves.

When in a MRI scans you can see certain things in the brain and organs in your body. For example, the scans shows damage to the brain such as inflammation and infections (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head). This means that you can’t just detect things like broken bones. Another example is, MRI scans can help see if there any blood clots (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head). This is means that you can’t only see things like big organs but also viens and bloodlines. My next example is that an MRI scan can also detect a really early stage of a stroke (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Head). This means that MRI can do much more than just detect blood clots it can also detect early sign of stroke. It is important to catch stroke early and blood clots because it can save a person’s life. MRI scans are effective in looking in the body.

Furthermore, sometimes people have to prepare before they go do an MRI. For example “ a dye may be used during the MRI to show pictures of structure more clearly. The dye may help show blood flow ¨(Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head). It is injected in the body. Another example “MRI contrast agents have considerably smaller risk of causing potentially lethal allergic reaction”(Christopher P.). This means that they have a lower risk of getting a allergic reaction that can kill you. One more example is that use magnetic waves to get images of the brain(Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Head). That means that  when they use the machine the waves make it so you can see inside the body. It’s not comfortable for some people and there are ways that you can see inside the body without opening it.

When people get MRI scans they get it for serious reasons such as damage to an organ or if they have a condition such as autism or if there is anything wrong with it. My research has change my perspective on how the machine works how things work in machines in general. Also, how people work.Now that i know this I want to know more about how they things works and how the protons that the machine align work. I also want to know more about how how they make the machine emit magnetic waves.


Lewis, Tanya. What is an MRI, Live science, 5 December 2014, Accessed 2 March 2017

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head. WebMD., 2017. Accessed  12 Apr. 2017.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Head. Radiological Society of North America, Inc, 8 February 2017, Accessed 6 March 2017

Christopher P. Hess.Exploring the Brain: Is CT or MRI Better for Brain Imaging?. UCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, 11 April 2012 . Accessed  6 March 2017