MRI's are like the super secret weapon in the world of imaging. Not only do they serve a highly practical purpose for people in the medical field, but they can be used for so many different functions. They are classically known for identifying tumors, bone fractures, and brain activity through their imaging technology. What makes them even better is that they're relatively safe, pain-free, and they don't expose patients to radiation. Some see MRI's just as a medical device to determine injuries, but they've actually proven very useful in measuring all sorts of interesting things.
Doctors have been using MRI machines to experiment for years while monitoring a number of unique situations, and the results that they found are kind of cool! Some of the most interesting experiments were ones that monitored brain activity or imaging while…
Musicians played jazz.
A woman gave birth.
Actors read T.S. Eliot.
Subjects played video games.
Animals were released into the MRI room.
Subjects had sex.
For each of these situations, the results were interesting and unique. During the experiment with the woman who gave birth, doctors were able to witness the whole internal process through the MRI imaging in extraordinary detail, allowing them to watch the baby’s head change shape throughout the birthing process.
In the jazz experiment, which was focused on musicians in regards of improvisation, doctors discovered that while improvising, some musicians are able to shut off the part of their brain that controls self-monitoring. The ability to do this enables musicians to carry on in their improvisation regardless of whether or not they make a mistake, and helps them not to be so consciously aware of how well they are performing.
Although we’re not quite sure how anyone came up with the idea to perform any of these experiments, we’re glad that they did! Studies like this help show how diverse the MRI machine really is, and the scope of things that it can be useful for. If you’re interested in reading more in-depth about the results behind these experiments, check out the article “6 Cool Things People Have Done Inside MRI Scanners”.
Here at Clovis Open MRI, we offer superior MRI services and technology to make sure our patients' needs are met... no matter how diverse they are. We use these machines of many functions to help in many different cases, so contact us when you need imaging services and see how we can help you.