THE DIAGNOSTICS CENTER
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is based on a phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance. MRI scanner generates a very strong magnetic field and does not use X-rays, therefore it is regarded as the safest method of internal diagnosis.
In our lab we use the General Electric Signa 1,5T HDxt Ady MRI scanner, equipped with the full set of coils dedicated to orthopaedic tests and additional option of the diffusion test of the entire body, designed to detect inflammations or the affected areas.
MRI in the Carolina Medical Center is used to:
- examine the musculoskeletal system: joints, tendons and muscles
- detect inflammations and the degenerative overload changes or muscular swelling in their early stages (when no changes or pains are felt), which is very important for physically active
Moreover, we offer:
- examination under anaesthesia – for children and patients with claustrophobia
- coloured imagining of joint cartilage
- arthrography of joints and tendons
- test with intravenous administration of contrast.
Unique value of MRI tests in the Carolina Medical Center
In our clinic, we focus on the precision of our tests, that is why our MRI lasts longer than in other medical facilities. To achieve the best image we perform as many sequences as possible (angles, profiles) of examined organ. For that reason standard MRI scan lasts up to an hour in the Carolina Medical Center, while in other facilities it lasts approximately 30-40 minutes. This provides us and our patients with more precise diagnosis and gives us better chances for full treatment.
Example of MRI test performed in the CMC and other medical facility:
Images of a knee-joint – damaged cartilage and meniscus (MRI)
drawing 1 – The CMC-performed test
drawing 2 – other facility performed test
Test results are provided to patient on the CD/DVD directly after the procedure.
The MRI test is painless but requires immobility for up to an hour. The test does not require any special preparation.
How to prepare:
- if there has been a procedure of the metal implant placement (vascular clips, prosthetics, screws, wires, plates) it is necessary to submit a document/certificate with information on an alloy used or a certificate of admittance for their MRI testing – issued by implants producer. If it is possible, it is recommended to submit an X-ray image with a visualized implant. In case of other metal elements in the body (e.g. shards, bullets) it is necessary to submit an X-ray image with visualized part of a metal.
- during the procedure, patient cannot have any metal objects on –fasteners, buttons, overprints, and zippers are forbidden
- in case of a test with intravenous or intraarticular administration of contrast, patient has to submit the latest result of creatinine ratio (eGFR) in blood and current X-ray results, alternatively CT or MRI of the area (tests are valid for three months; in case of creatinine – one month). Before the procedure, it is recommended to drink 1 litre of liquids (water, weak tea)
- all electronical devices, as well as magnetic (e.g. credit card) and metal must stay at the locker room – please keep that in mind when scheduling the visit
- in case of head examination or eye sockets examination it is necessary to wash off makeup and not to use hairspray.
Before the examination, you have to report:
- possession of a pacemaker or metal parts in the organism
- allergic reactions, e.g. to contrast
- bleeding tendencies
- cochlear implants
- ferromagnetic vascular clips
- infusion pump
- any metal body in an eye