Your doctor may request this examination if an X-ray or CT scan does not give an accurate picture of your condition, which is most common in case of cancerous diseases.
In all cases, it is recommended that the treating physician be consulted prior to the MRI examination, although native scan does not require special preparation.
It is important to know that due to the strong magnetic field, it is forbidden to bring any metal, device or object containing metal into the examination room! This applies to jewellery, piercings in the body, and some makeup products may contain a substance that affects the success of the examination.
Prior to an examination with contrast agent, specialist consultation is essential. Kidney function laboratory results showing creatinine and urea values are also required to perform this type of scan. In case of an examination with contrast agent, you should not eat for 6 hours before the scan.
An MRI scan is usually performed in a supine position – in rare cases, the patient is lying on their abdomen. During a chest MRI scan, the patient places their hands above their head. An MRI compatible ECG may also be necessary during the examination.
Following the pre-examination orientation, the operator will escort you to the MRI examination room and then ask you to be seated on the examination bed. The operator adjusts the correct body position, places the coils needed for the scan, and then the examination bed lifts you into the magnetic tube. It is important to remain still during the examination, you can only change your body position on the instructions of the operator. The scan can take up to 1 hour while you can continuously communicate with our colleague through the built-in microphone and speaker. The machine makes a loud, rattling sound that can be reduced with ear protection.