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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive technique used to create images of the tissue and bony structures of the human brain and body. MRI machines are designed to work with the magnetic properties of the hydrogen atoms found in the water and fat molecules of the human body. Naturally, all hydrogen atoms spin around a fixed axis in random orientations and at varying speeds. Because the human body is composed of 80% water and fat, MRI technology uses this spinning hydrogen phenomenon to capture images related to the structure and function of the tissues, bones, and brain areas of interest in the human body. In clinical practice and research, the study of mental health conditions is often investigated using MRI techniques.

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