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MRI

What is an MRI?

MRI means ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging’. It’s an imaging technique using a strong magnetic field to produce high-quality pictures of soft tissue inside your body, for example muscles and ligaments, brain tissue, etc.

Types of Scans

MRI technology uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the human body. As the radio waves pass through the body, images are created on a computer screen for radiologists to analyze. These precise images allow radiologists to view soft tissue (muscles, fat, internal organs, blood vessels and tendons) and bones without the use of X-rays or surgery.

The Siemens Sampra MRI scanner is continually upgraded to keep up with advances in technology. This scanner is considered the industry standard and is valuable for imaging all parts of the body-

Brain

  • Brain – Plain and Contrast
  • Dynamic CSF Flow Studies
  • Brain & Diffusion
  • Brain & MR Spectroscopy
  • Pituitary
  • Internal Auditory Canal
  • Special Epilepsy Protocol
  • Cranio- Vertebral Junction
  • Stroke
  • Brachial Plexus

Chest – Thorax

Neck

Face

  • Nasopharynx
  • Orbits
  • Temporomandibular Joints

Musculoskeletal

  • Elbow joints
  • Hip Joints
  • Knee Joints
  • Shoulders
  • Thighs
  • Ankle joints
  • Bilateral legs
  • Wrist joints
  • Sacro-iliac joints

MR Angiography

  • MR Angiography Brain
  • MR Angiography Carotid Vessels
  • MR Peripheral Angiography
  • MR Renal Angiography
  • MR Abdominal Angiography
  • MR Venography Brain

MRCP

Pelvis / Lower Abdomen/ Prostate

Abdomen

  • Triple Phase Dynamic liver study
  • MR Urography
  • Dynamic Renal Imaging
  • MR Whole Abdomen
  • MR Upper Abdomen

Spine

  • Whole Spine (Scoliosis)
  • MRI Cervical Spine
  • MRI Dorsal Spine
  • MRI Lumbosacral Spine
  • Whole Spine Screening

Whole body screening for Metastases

How is it done?

There are a few simple instructions that you need to follow before the scan:

  • Unless requested to do otherwise, eat and drink as normal and please take your
    prescribed medicines.
  • Jewelry, mobile phones, glasses, hearing aides, dentures, hairpins, credit cards, coins, keys and other metal objects will need to be removed since these can not be taken inside the MRI room. Secure clothing lockers are provided for you where you can deposit your belongings. Ladies, please do NOT wear mascara.
  • Please feel free to tell us about any special circumstances (for example, if you need wheelchair access, if you’re hard of hearing, or if you’re claustrophobic)
  • Please remember to bring all your previous medical records in case you have any, including MRI & CT scan reports, laboratory reports, hospital notes.
  • The technologist will have you lie down on a cushioned table. Once you have been comfortably positioned, the table is moved inside the magnet. You will be in a short tunnel which is well-lighted , has a good air flow and completely safe.
  • A mirror over your head and an intercom system keep you in constant contact with the technologist throughout the procedure.
  • During the examination, you may feel a slight vibration and hear some loud rhythmic drumming noises. There are no other physical sensations.
  • You should try to lie as still as possible since any movement will blur the picture. When the scanning is complete, the technologist will return to assist you off the table.
    • You can eat and drink normally after the scan
    • You can also drive home afterwards and return to work as necessary

    Features

    • Quickest : Reduce exam time. Majority of exams can be completed in 10 minutes
    • Quiet Suite : Upto 97% reduction in sound pressure
    • Ultrashort Magnet = No Claustrophobia
    • Tim Technology: Deliver exceptional image quality and speed in MRI
    • DotGo Automated Workflow: Go for consistent results, efficiently
    • Latest Technology
      • Syngo SWi : for higher sensitivity to minute intracranial bleeds without radiation.
      • Syngo BLADE : enables motion correction in paediatric and non co-operative patients.
      • Syngo NATIVE : breakthrough application for contrast free imaging of abdominal and renal vasculature.
      • Syngo NEURO – Spectroscopy : distinguishes between malignant and benign tissues.
      • Syngo REVEAL : whole body diffusion with fat saturation and increased metastasis conspicuity.
      • CISS : excellent for visualization of fine structures such as cranial nerves.
      • DESS : high resolution cartilage imaging.
      • Inline Diffusion : early detection of stroke
        The Siemens Sempra MRI scanner is continually upgraded to keep up with advances in technology. This scanner is considered the industry standard and is valuable for imaging all parts of the body.
    • Eliminate motion artifacts.
    • Accelerate temporal resolution of 3D-dynamic imaging without sacrificing spatial resolution.
    • Enhance diagnostic options for stroke evaluation, peripheral vascular imaging, breast imaging.
    • Acquire and process simultaneously.
    • Improve SNR, speed, and resolution of a broad base of MRI applications.

    Benefits & Risks

    • MRI is an advanced imaging technique which takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, several hundred images are obtained. These images assist us in making a diagnosis for your condition, and may even eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery.
    • MRI scanning does not use radiation, which can damage body cells, which makes it one of the safest imaging techniques available. MRI scans can also be used to take pictures of any part of the body, and they provide more detailed information than Xrays.
  • An MRI scan is completely painless and does not usually have any physical side-effects.
  • If the area we scan needs an injection (known as a ‘contrast agent’), there is a very small possibility of an allergic reaction, such as a skin rash or asthma attack. We have expert medical staff on board who are trained to deal with these reactions.