In this paper we present a numerical model for evaluating tissue heating during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our method, which included a detailed anatomical model of a human head, calculated both the electromagnetic power deposition and the associated temperature elevations during a MRI head examination. Numerical studies were conducted using a realistic birdcage coil excited at frequencies ranging from 63 MHz to 500 MHz. The model was validated both experimentally and analytically. The experimental validation was performed at the MR test facility located at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).