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Radiology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI Scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of the inside of your body. This imaging modality does not entail exposure to potentially harmful radiation.

What are the purposes of the scan?

MRI Scan is used to examine different parts of your body, including the following:

  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Bone, joints and musculature
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Liver, biliary tree and other internal organs
  • Prostate and pelvis

MRI Scan is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of several conditions, especially in the soft tissues and nervous system. It may also be used in the assessment of how effective your previous treatment has been.

What are the preparations?

  • Before the scan:
  • Tell your doctor if you have other health problems, if you recently had surgery, if you had surgical implants/prosthesis, if you are pregnant or might be pregnant, if you have allergies, and if you have any tattoos.

  • During the scan:
    • You have to present your doctor’s referral before you undergo the procedure.
      • Cellphone
      • Keys
      • Jewelry
      • Wristwatches
      • Belt
      • Eyeglasses
      • Body piercings
      • Heart pacemaker
      • Metal joints or limbs
      • Fillings and other dental works
    • You will be asked to remove any metal-based accessories or devices such as:
      • Cellphone
      • Keys
      • Jewelry
      • Wristwatches
      • Belt
      • Eyeglasses
      • Body piercings
      • Heart pacemaker
      • Metal joints or limbs
      • Fillings and other dental works
  • You will be asked to undress and put on a hospital gown.

What happens during an MRI?

During an MRI Scan, you will be asked to lie down on a flatbed, which will move inside the scanner. Depending on the part of your body to be scanned, you will be moved to the scanner either head first or feet first.

Straps may be used to hold you still during the test. This will prevent you from making unnecessary movements to avoid blur and distorted images.

The scanner makes noises such as loud bangs and clicks. It is normal. You will be given headphones/earplugs so you could listen to the music you like during the scan. If you are claustrophobic, you will be given medications to calm you down and help you relax during the test. Don’t worry, our technologists are here to assist you all throughout the scan.

The MRI scanner will then create a strong magnetic field inside your body. The computer will take the signals from the scanner and will start creating a series of images of your body.

The scan usually takes 20 to 90 minutes depending on the body parts to be scanned.

Is the procedure safe?

MRI Scan is a non-invasive, safe, and painless test. However, if you have an MRI non-compatible metal implant or artificial joint, you will not be allowed to undergo the test. It is also not recommended for pregnant women or those who might be pregnant, unless clinically warranted.



For inquiries, reach our Radiology Department through (043) 778 4811 loc 8869 or visit us on the First or visit us on the Ground Floor of the OPD Building..