What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, MR) is one of the most advanced, safe, and comprehensive diagnostic methods. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce high-resolution images of internal organs and soft tissues. No harmful ionising radiation is emitted during the procedure. Magnetic resonance imaging examines various areas and organ systems of the body. Namely the musculoskeletal and joint systems, head, spine, abdominal organs, kidneys, urinary tract, and the small pelvis.
Features and benefits of MRI
One of the most advanced diagnostic systems on the market, the Philips MR500 1.5T, is characterized by its accuracy, testing speed, and exceptional comfort. At Northway Diagnostic Center in Klaipėda, magnetic resonance imaging (2D and 3D) is performed up to 50% faster, and an integrated special audiovisual system allows the patient to fully relax during the examination.
- Testing is up to 50% faster;
- Ultra-high resolution 2D and 3D images;
- An immersive audio-visual system calms and guides patients through MR exams;
- A lower noise level and a special mattress allow the patient to relax even more during the examination.
MRI examination safety
Magnetic resonance imaging is a painless and non-invasive examination that does not cause any known associated side effects.
Before undergoing an MRI examination, please consult your treating physician or a staff member of the diagnostic center, specifically a radiologic technologist, if you are pregnant or suspect that you might be, or if you have recently had surgery.
MRI examination cannot be performed if the patient has the following items in his/her body:
- Heart pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or artificial heart valves;
- Metal clips or metal plates in the skull after neurosurgery procedures;
- Vascular, eye and ear implants;
- Metal implants, bullet residues that contain iron, nickel or cobalt;
- Drug infusion pumps (morphine, insulin delivery, and other drugs);
- Other foreign bodies, such as shrapnel, other unspecified electronic, mechanical, or magnetic implants;
- Pregnancy as relative contraindication (the first 12 weeks);
- Women with a contraceptive coil should consult a gynaecologist before the test to ensure that the coil is compatible with the MRI machine.
An MRI scan may be performed if you have fillings or other dental implants.
MRI procedure steps
You will be asked to lie down on a special mattress on the machine’s table. A special button will be placed in your hand, which you can press to summon a member of staff. During the test, you will be guided by a radiologic technologist. If you have a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), you can stop the test by pressing a special button. To obtain high-quality images, you should lie still during the examination. You will hear various sounds during the test, but don’t be afraid; these are the normal sounds of the device.
Getting prepared for an MRI exam
Unless otherwise stated, an MRI scan requires no special preparation. You can eat and drink normally and take your regular medication before the test. Before your procedure, you will be asked to fill in a special questionnaire to check for any contraindications to the test. It is also important to remove any metal objects (jewellery, belts, etc.) before the test, and you may need to change out of the clothes you are wearing and into disposable clothing, which is available for purchase at our Centre.