MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
MRI is a diagnostic technique that provides high-quality cross-sectional
or three-dimensional images of organs & structures within the
body without using x-rays or other radiation.
The patient must lie still on a table, which is then
moved inside a chamber.
Commonly, a special substance called a contrast agent is administered
prior to or during the test.
The contrast agent is used to enhance internal structures and improve
Typically, this material is injected into a vein in the arm.
The machine can be very noisy!
It is completely painless & there are no known risks or
In lupus patients, the MRI may be used to check for
clots, inflammation or haemorrhages in the brain, or to see if there
is fluid in the joints.