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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Similarly to Computer Tomography (CT), MRI generates image sections, but without X-rays. This technique provides us with diagnostic information that would not be accessible by other methods.

Our state-of-the-art MRI equipment can generate extremely detailed images of the head, the locomotor system, the abdominal cavity, the spine as well as other parts of the body, and help us to identify diseased tissue. Depending on the type of examination, the use of a contrast agent is necessary to optimally visualise specific structures. For patients with renal insufficiency (kidney weakness), a vascular imaging without contrast agent may also be used.

In addition to the entire spectrum of established MRI examinations, we also offer diffusion imaging. Diffusion-weighted MRI enables early detection of cerebral circulatory disorders. The method also allows to differentiate between scarred and fresh ischaemic cerebral lesions (stroke). This technique may also be informative for differentiating inflammatory and tumour lesions.

Examination

Preparation

  • Please inform us if you have; a pacemaker, an artificial heart valve, clips, a neurostimulator, cochlear implants or magnetic dentures, if you are pregnant or suffer from claustrophobia.
  • Do not apply make-up, powder, eye shadow, body lotion, skin cream or deodorant on the day of your examination, as these may contain metal particles.
  • Leave your valuables and jewellery at home if at all possible
  • If you received a sedative, please note that you are not allowed to drive after the examination, as your road awareness may be impaired. You should therefore organise to be escorted home well in advance. You are also not allowed to take any important decisions, such as signing legal contracts.

What to bring along

  • Health insurance card

Procedure

A radiology specialist will accompany you to your changing room. You will be asked to take off all your clothes except your socks and underwear and to put on a patient gown and pants. Metal objects such as jewellery, piercings, hairpins, watches, glasses, credit cards, etc. must also be set aside. You can deposit your valuables and jewellery in the changing room. The changing room can be locked.

After removing any metal objects, the medical-technical expert (MTRA) will ask you to lie down on a mobile table. You will receive a contrast agent injection, if required for your type of examination. Depending on the type of examination, you may also be provided with earplugs or headphones to muffle the loud knocking noises.

The table is slowly moved into the opening of the device ("tube"). The examination may take between 20 minutes and one hour. During the actual examination, which can last for up to 5 minutes and during which you will hear a loud knocking noise, you should lie still, stay relaxed and not move. Even the slightest movement can result in poor image quality and will prolong the time of the examination.

During the examination you will be continuously monitored by our medical-technical radiology (MTRA) staff, and you will be able to talk to them over a microphone during the pauses between measurements. A bell is also provided should you feel the need to contact the specialist personnel during the measurement. Fresh (up to 4-week old) tattoos or permanent make-up may cause skin irritation, swelling or a feeling of warmth due to metals present in the dyes.

Once the examination has been completed, images will be assessed by the dedicated radiologist and a report sent to your attending physician.

Please make sure that you drink plenty of fluids after a contrast agent injection to reduce the strain on your kidneys.

Please make sure that you drink plenty of fluids after a contrast agent injection to reduce the strain on your kidneys.

Further information