Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sophisticated diagnostic equipment used to diagnose an array of health problems or conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Injuries of the soft tissue

MRIs use no radiation unlike conventional X-rays or CT scans. Magnet and radio waves to produce three-dimensional images that are great at imaging soft tissues and bones in your feet and ankles. 

People with the following conditions may not be good candidates for a MRI:

  •  Heart pacemaker
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Electronic inner ear implants
  • Electronic stimulators
  • Implanted pumps
  • Surgical clips in the head (particularly aneurysm clips)

Individuals with dental fillings or bridges, a replacement hip or knee, or tubal ligation clips are generally safe to have a MRI.

In most cases, a full exam of the foot and ankle via MRI lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.