Our large machines produce extremely precise images. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a modern examination method that is done without the use of X-rays.
The hydrogen atoms in the human body are excited in a strong magnetic field by radio waves at certain frequencies. After switching off the radio waves, these atoms release the absorbed energy in the form of weak high-frequency signals, which are converted into image information.
At our practice, you have at your disposal a high-performance magnetic resonance tomograph of the latest generation with a field strength of 1.5 Tesla. With the “Magnetom Amira” from SIEMENS, all common tests can be carried out.
Valid referrals and current health insurance cards (eGK) are required for examinations.
In order to create your risk profile, you will receive a detailed questionnaire before the MRI examination, which you should fill out carefully.
Before you enter the examination room, all metal objects (keys, glasses, jewellery, coins, lighter, watch, belt, hair clips, dentures, hearing aids) or magnetically sensitive objects (credit or debit cards) must be removed.
During the examination, you will be lying on a couch which, depending on the area being examined, will be moved into the tubular magnet to varying distances.
You should lie calmly and relaxed during the examination, as the best images can then be captured without motion blurs. Due to the loud knocking noises, which are quite normal in all MRI examinations and caused by electromagnetic circuits, we will provide you with ear protectors.
Our staff will be observing you through a window throughout the entire examination. You will have voice contact with our staff at all times. In case of emergency during the examination you will be able to contact our staff using a bell (rubber ball in your hand). Depending on the issue, the examination can take between 15-30 minutes.
For specific issues, the administration of a contrast medium that does not contain iodine (paramagnetic substance) is necessary. This is generally well tolerated. In rare cases, there may be slight side effects in the form of nausea and allergies. Please inform us of any pre-existing impairment of your kidney function, as the contrast medium can cause a deterioration in kidney function with an increase in the level of creatinine. The contrast agent should also not be given to patients before or after liver transplantation.
If you have reports of test results and/or images from older examinations (e.g. MRI, CT, X-rays), you should bring these with you to facilitate a better assessment and follow-up monitoring of progress.
Patients with pacemakers or other electronic implants cannot be examined in the MRI scanner! These patients must not enter the MRI examination room under any circumstances!
Please also state in the questionnaire you will receive before each MRI examination whether you have any other metal parts in your body (prostheses in the knee or hip joint etc., shrapnel or metal splinters, artificial heart valves, stents in coronary or leg vessels, vessel clips after surgery, inner ear implants).
Skin irritation can be caused by tattoos and cosmetics if metal particles are added to these substances.