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•CT scans utilize X-rays to form images inside the body while MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses powerful magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to produce detailed pictures of organs and other internal body structures.
•CT scans use radiation (X-rays), and MRIs do not.
•MRIs provide more detailed information about the inner organs (soft tissues) such as the brain, skeletal system, reproductive system and other organ systems than is provided by a CT scan.
•CT scans are quick, painless, and noninvasive.
•MRI scans are not invasive, but they are noisy and take more time.
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Reducing MRI Claustrophobia

Some patients who need an MRI exam are anxious about the process, fearing they will be claustrophobic in the machine. When it comes to anxiety and MRI claustrophobia, one of your most powerful tools is knowledge. Learn about what an MRI is and why you need one. If your doctor ordered an MRI exam, it is because they need images of the inside of your body to diagnose and treat your condition properly. These images are crucial to your care.

Before your MRI, you should also know that some of the MRI-claustrophobia-related stories you may have heard are likely no longer accurate. Our MRI machine is not a dark, closed off tunnel. It is well-lit, open on both sides, and much wider than they once were. 

Here are some tips and tricks for reducing claustrophobia during your MRI exam:
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