Ultrasound vs. MRI: What to know

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses sound waves to see inside your body. It's like echolocation that bats use!

Uses of Ultrasound

Doctors use ultrasound to check babies in the womb or to look at your heart and muscles.

What is an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of your insides.

Uses of MRI

MRI helps doctors see your brain, muscles, and even tiny details in your bones!

Ultrasounds are quiet. MRI machines make loud knocking sounds, but they're safe.

Is it loud?

An ultrasound can be quick, about 15-30 minutes. MRI might take longer, from 30 minutes to an hour.

How long does it take?

Do they hurt?

Both are painless! You don't feel the sound waves or the magnetic fields.

Why might you need one?

If you're injured or sick, doctors can use these sources to find out what's wrong without any cuts.

Both ultrasound and MRI help doctors keep us healthy.