MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

What is MRI?
MRI is a scanning technique which use magnetic, radiowaves and a computer to produce pictures of body structure. It is very sensitive in showing diseases in many parts of the body. MRI is one of the most advanced and sophisticated imaging modality of the 90's.

Is MRI safe?
Because MRI uses no X-Rays, it presents no apparent risk to adults and children.

Where can I receive my MRI scanning?
For the convenience of our customers, MRI Scanning is now available at NORMAN MEDICAL SPECIALIST CENTRE bearing testimony to the Centre's commitment to quality health care.

Can Everyone receive an MRI Scan?
Almost everyone can. Because of the potential interference associated with all metallic materials, you should check with your doctor, Radiologist or the MRI radiographer if you have had any brain, ear, eye or other surgeries or any of the following

-pacemaker
-aneurysm clips
-metal implants
-surgical staples

If you are pregnant, please notify your doctor although MRI won't cause any effect to your baby.

When are MRI scans used?
MRI is very sensitive in detecting diseases throughout the body. It is the imaging technique of choice in the early detection of brain and spine diseases. In addition, an MRI scan provides accurate information about diseases of joints and bones of the body. Almost every organ of the body can be scanned. Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) can evaluate the blood vessels of the head, neck and limbs without any injection.

How do I prepare for an MRI?
No special preparation is required? You may eat normally and go about your daily routine before the examination. Because of the strong magnetic field, you will be asked to leave the following items in a safe place outside the scan room:

-coins
-glasses
-watches
-credit cards
-keys
-hair pins and safety pins

You may also be asked to remove make-up, dentures and change into a hospital gown to avoid interference with your scan.

How is the examination done?
You will lie on a scanner bed. A special coil will be wrapped around the region to be scanned and you will be positioned in the centre of the magnet. Other than a soft knocking sound generated by the machine, you will not feel anything.

Occasionally, an intravenous injection may be given to enhance the image.  You should keep as still as possible during the examination which lasts about 30 to 60 minutes to get the sharpest image.

An intercom and a video camera allows you to keep in contact with the radiographer, Soft music will be played during the scan and you may even bring your own favourite CD or cassette.


MRI of brain


MRI of spine


MRA of the Neck blood vessels


MRI of the knee


MRI of the shoulder