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MRI Study Guide: Test Questions & Quizzes for Review

So you’ve entered the world of radiological anatomy and first up is learning all things MRI. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll take your MRI study from mind-boggling to easy as pie with a mini MRI study guide, test questions and flashcards. Let’s jump straight in.

Test your ability to identify anatomical structures on an MRI with our unlabeled worksheet (download below!)

What is an MRI? MRI Review 

First of all, what exactly IS an MRI? What does MRI stand for, and what is its purpose? MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is (as you may guess) a mode of medical imaging which produces pictures of the body’s anatomy and physiology. 

To do this, it utilizes strong magnetic fields which cause the protons in your body to line up in the same direction. Radio waves are then directed towards an area of the body in short bursts, causing these protons to be knocked back out of alignment. 

When the radio waves cease, the protons realign, which sends out radio signals that tell receivers where in the body the protons are located. Protons realign at different times depending on the type of tissue they’re found in, making MRI a useful way to distinguish between the different types of tissue in the body

For this reason, MRI’s are used to diagnose medical conditions, inform treatment plans and even assess the efficacy of previous treatments. They can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the brain and spinal cord, blood vessels, heart, breast and internal organs such as the liver

MRI Study Guide

As well as knowing how an MRI works and what it is used for, it’s important that you can actually identify the anatomical structures it images! In this next section, we’re going to give you some MRI test questions which you can use to improve your identification skills. Your MRI study tools are about to get stepped up a notch!  

You may want to carry out a more thorough MRI review before moving onto our MRI test questions. If that’s the case, take a look at our video below, which walks you through an MRI and CT scan at the level of C1. Not only will you learn about the process involved in an MRI scan, you’ll also learn about how it differs from a CT scan. Click below to watch.

Recommended video: Medical imaging at the level of C1
CT and MRI imaging of normal anatomy at the level of the first cervical vertebra.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see an MRI compared with a normal anatomical illustration in the video, you should be feeling ready to tackle an MRI test question worksheet! The concept is simple. Click below to download the unlabeled MRI test questions worksheet, and label the name of the structure you see in each MRI image. 

Once you’ve completed that, you can also download the labeled version of the worksheet to find out how your MRI questions and answers match up, and to make some notes. 

Download PDF Worksheet (blank) Download PDF Worksheet (labeled)

Interactive Quizzes

You’ve now had a taster at identifying different anatomical structures as seen on an MRI with our MRI test questions. Now it’s time to move onto some more advanced MRI quizzes! 

At Kenhub, you can use our interactive, spaced repetition quizzes to either learn a topic from scratch, revise what you already know, or both! This makes them perfect for every stage of your learning journey. 

You can even customize the quizzes based on how you want to learn. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

First, you can completely customize your quiz using our custom quiz builder (Kenhub Premium only). This is the perfect solution if you have an exam coming up soon and want to test yourself on specific topics only. Alternatively, you can choose the type of quiz you want to take. For our MRI quizzes, you can choose basic identification quiz questions, or advanced identification quiz questions. 

We recommend starting off with the basic identification option and building your way up to the advanced option, where we give you exercises like having to spell the name of the structure you see without any prompts. 

Browse a selection of our MRI quizzes on different regions of the body below. Be sure to check out the medical imaging section at Kenhub, as there are several more like these! Which one will you take first?

Brain 

Face 

Abdomen and Pelvis

Upper Extremity 

Lower Extremity 

Keep Learning with Flashcards

Finally, if you’re looking for another addition to your MRI study tools, consider our MRI flashcard eBooks. These are a cheap and time efficient way to continue improving your knowledge when you don’t have access to the videos, quizzes, articles and atlas at Kenhub.

You can use our flashcard eBooks on the go, wherever you are, with no need for an internet connection or a big weight to lug around (we’re looking at you, textbooks!). Interested? Have a look at our MRI flashcards below.

And if you’re looking for flashcards on other anatomy topics? Browse our full flashcard eBook library

Did you enjoy learning how to identify structures on an MRI with these quizzes? Check out our free anatomy quiz guides on every topic!

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Author: Molly Smith

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