Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical diagnostic technique used to create images of the body using a magnetic field and radio waves. It does not use X-rays. A versatile, powerful and sensitive tool, MRI can generate thin-section images of any part of the body from any angle in a relatively short period of time, and helps in the diagnosis of various conditions.
MRI is completely non-invasive procedure, and there are no known side or after effects. The procedure is painless.
Before the examination
To provide you with the best possible care, our staff at the MRI Centre will need to know certain information about you and your medical history.
Please inform the staff if you have:
The radiologist will then determine from the information whether you will be able to undergo the MRI examination.
Preparation for the examination
You will be required to change into a hospital gown. All metallic objects e.g. jewellery, keys, watches, hearing aids, pins and credit cards must be removed before entering the magnet room. A locker will be provided for your belongings but please keep your valuables at home.
If you have any questions about the examination, do not hesitate to ask the radiographer attending to you.
After the Examination
Please do not change out of your hospital gown immediately after the examination. It may be necessary to do some additional views/sequences after the initial images were processed and reviewed.
The radiologist will review the images and report the findings to your physician, who will then discuss the results with you on your next appointment.
An undetected metal implant may be affected by the strong magnetic field.
In most cases the examination is safe for patients with metal implants, with the exception of a few types of implants, so patients should inform the radiographer of an implant prior to the test.