The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certificate Program and the Computed Tomography (CT) Certificate Program at the University of Missouri are designed to provide the necessary knowledge in these two specialty areas of imaging. All of the courses in the program are offered through distance education, so you can conveniently take the courses right where you are, while receiving the personal attention you would receive in a regular classroom. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging modality that provides physicians with sectional images of a patient´s anatomy. This advanced technology uses a magnetic field and radio waves to access the inner workings of the body. The pictures produced by MRI help the physician to clearly and accurately detect and define the differences between healthy and diseased tissues. Computed tomography (CT), or CAT scan, is a medical imaging modality that provides physicians with cross-sectional images of the body. Using X-rays and specialized computers, images are obtained that demonstrate internal anatomical features. This is accomplished by rotating a thin X-ray beam around the body part to be visualized. Computed tomography images aid in the diagnosis of pathological conditions that are difficult to evaluate through conventional radiography.