The MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is a medical equipment that aids in the diagnosis of various conditions by providing a detailed accurate image of the organs and tissues deep within the body. In order to do this, the MRI makes use of a strong magnetic field and radio waves.
These components, however, have been said to do damage to the DNA, or promote what is otherwise known as genotoxicity. Because of this claim, a lot of debates have surfaced on the viability of MRI as equipment that can still be relied on.
The Need for MRI
Although there may be this unpopular opinion about the use of MRI, most in the medical community do recognize its importance in their work. In fact, its development is lauded to be one of the biggest milestones in the history of the medical world because of the leaps and bounds they have taken because of the intensely detailed view of the insides of the body that the MRI allows the doctors to have.
To finally put to rest this issue, a multi-institutional research team set out to review literature on the matter, published between 2007 and 2016. The main question of the team when doing the journal reviews were focused primarily on whether or not the MRI causes genotoxicity. They also sought to determine if there are any potential negative effects to the health of the patient who is being exposed to the electromagnetic fields from the equipment.
Coming to the Conclusion
According to the team’s finding, although there may have been studies that did raise the possibility of genotoxicity as a result of MRI scans, these are not well-founded enough for them to seriously conclude on the matter. Instead, they posit that such theorized side-effect and other genotoxic effects from MRI scans are in fact highly unlikely and so should not be a cause for concern.
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