3 Wacky Things You Can Use An MRI For

MRIWhen it comes to the world of science and medicine, it can seem like people everywhere are going to do what they can to push the limits and experiment— even when it comes to things like using MRI scanners. That’s why, The Atlantic magazine published an article a few years ago surrounding six of the coolest things that have been done in an MRI scanner, but what would the benefits of these things be? This article will discuss just three of these bizarre moments and will explain why, in fact, they might just be beneficial. Read on to learn more.

Giving Birth in An MRI
Now, nothing is quite as unsoothing to an individual as the loud banging that emanates from an MRI scanner. And if you’re giving birth and are hoping for a calm experience, giving birth in an MRI machine may not give you that. However, as a great way to really analyze and assess the inner workings of a woman’s body while she is giving birth, an MRI can give doctors a literal inside peek into the birthing process. By seeing how the body responds to things like contractions and how different organs respond to the chemicals and hormones rushing through the body, doctors watching the MRI were able to get a more conclusive and comprehensive understanding of birth.

Having Sex in An MRI
Your body releases specific chemicals and your organs respond to having an orgasm while having sex. Don’t believe it? Well an MRI can prove it. Although you yourself might be opposed to having sex in an MRI, this scanner can take a closer look at the human body and how it responds from the inside out while having sex. For instance, does your brain produce more chemicals during intercourse? Does thinking certain thoughts actually create a more stimulating experience? These are all things that doctors were able to analyze during this scan.

While Listening to Jazz
This one may sound a bit hard to believe, but some theorists have wondered how musicians are able to improvise their work. And, by taking musicians and placing them in an MRI while they were listening to Jazz, imaging showed that musicians tend to shut off certain parts of the brain that control self-monitoring— which leads to the ability to improvise on a more concrete level.

Although none of these things are common in the MRI world, it is pretty amazing to see just how the body responds while doing the things listed above. To learn more about MRI imaging, contact UTMB Radiology today!

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