An MRI uses powerful magnets, radio waves and a computer to take images of your brain without the use of radiation. Brain scans produce detailed images of the brain and surrounding tissue in a noninvasive way. An MRI allows your doctor to see inside your brain to check for diseases or injuries without having to do surgery. A brain MRI can help doctors look for and diagnose conditions such as bleeding, swelling, problems with the way the brain developed, tumors, infections, inflammation, damage from an injury or a stroke, vascular dementia or problems with the blood vessels .
The MRI can also help doctors look for causes of headaches or seizures. Your doctor can use the images to make a diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for your condition. MRI images are clearer and more precise than other forms of diagnostic imaging. It produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that help diagnose a variety of problems.