Which parts of the body can be seen in an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) takes detailed images of the soft tissues of the body.  MRI scans are created by using a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer and can generate images of parts of the body that cannot be seen with X-rays or ultrasounds.

An MRI can help identify diseases, injuries and monitor how well a treatment is doing. It can nearly see every part of the body and can also give us detailed pictures of soft tissues like the brain.

What can an MRI scan see?


An MRI of the abdomen can see the Abdominal blood flow and blood vessels, gall stones, the liver, kidney and abdomen lymph nodes.


MRI scans are used to detect brain tumours, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, birth brain defects and infections. A special type of MRI scan called Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) can also see aneurysms and blood vessels in the brain and neck.

Hip or Pelvis

A pelvic MRI scan is often used to determine what stage the cancer is at in cervical, uterine, bladder, rectal, prostate and testicular cancers.

Knee & Shoulder


An MRI scan can spot bone fractures, cysts, bruises, tumours, infections, fluid build-up and dislocations. A scan can also determine the extent of degenerative changes (arthritis).

Leg or Arm

A leg or arm scan can be used to get a clearer image of certain problems, the MRI scan can show us broken bones, muscular damage, bone infections, birth defects, and diseases.


MRI can see changes in the spine resulting from injuries, disease or aging and can detect herniated discs, birth defects of the spine, tumours, spinal cord compressions, fractures and pinched nerves.


Our open MRI scanner provides a much more relaxed experience for patients that are anxious, claustrophobic, patients of large build, elderly patients or children.  Our open MRI scanner can make anybody feel comfortable as it is more spacious, twice the width of a traditional scanner and has no walls.  Contact us if you require an MRI scan!