Magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical investigation that can be used to diagnose a number of diseases. The investigation is painless. MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to obtain an image of human organs and tissues. Detailed MRI images can often be used to diagnose diseases that cannot be assessed by other radiological methods.
The MRI machine is like a tunnel surrounded by a magnet. The patient lies on the investigation table, which then moves into the tunnel. It is important to lie still in the tunnel during the scan, otherwise the scan will fail.
If a contrast agent is to be used, the radiology technician will insert a venous cannula. Sometimes you will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan. The staff will monitor you through the window throughout the scan and you will always be able to communicate with the staff through the audio system.
When the investigation is completed, the radiology technician enters the investigation room and moves the investigation table out of the tunnel. The venous cannula is taken out. An MRI scan can last from a quarter of an hour to an hour.
An appointment must be made in advance for the investigation. Test results will be assessed by a radiologist and a response will be sent to the referring physician. Upon request, we can provide you with an USB carrier containing the test images and appropriate software (for an additional fee of €25).
NB! We do not perform investigations of the next regions: penis, prostate, mammary glands, rectum, fingers, heart. Also defecography is not performed. Investigations are not performed on patients with cardiac pacemaker. We accept children only from 15 years old.
Before the examination, please read:
- Contraindications to magnetic resonance imaging PLEASE NOTE! Contraindications include new dental implants (6-8 weeks), recently placed intrauterine devices (6-8 weeks) and fresh tattoos and permanent makeup (6-8 weeks).
- Magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent leaflet
- Questionnaire to be filled in before the examination
- A more detailed leaflet on the planned examination: MRI of prostate Arthrography or MRI with intra-articular contrast agent Upper abdomen, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, renal arteries, biliary ducts, pancreas MRI of small intestine Head, neck, spine, limbs, chest, joints or blood vessels MRI of gynaecological organs
PLEASE NOTE! MRI is performed only with a physician’s referral. It is necessary to book an appointment for the examination.