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MRIs use radio waves and magnets to create images of the inside of your body. The energy from the radio waves creates patterns formed by different types of tissue and diseases. These patterns make cross-sectional pictures that look like slices of the body. If you are having a lot of pain at a certain spot, your doctor may order an MRI of your spine or a particular area of the bone, such as your hip bone. Your doctor may also use this test to find out if a damaged area of your spine or bones is at risk for more damage from the myeloma.
For this test, you lie still on a table as it passes through a tubelike scanner. The scanner directs a continuous beam of radio waves at the area being examined. A computer uses data from the radio waves to create pictures of the inside of your body. You may need more than one set of images. Each one may take 2 to 15 minutes. This test may last an hour or more. Ask for earplugs if they aren't offered since there is a loud thumping noise during the scan. If you are claustrophobic, you may be given a sedative before having this test.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.