Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the body's internal structures that are clearer, more detailed and more likely in some instances to identify and accurately characterize disease than other imaging methods. It is used to evaluate the body for a variety of conditions, including tumors and diseases of the brain, liver, heart, bowel etc.
MRI is noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.
Prima is equipped with latest Siemens, GE & Philips 1.5 Tesla MRI machines across our centers.
This MRI scanner utilizes state of the technology to deliver high resolution images of the various body parts, helping radiologists and clinicians to make confident diagnosis and thus help in delivering effective healthcare.
Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary with the specific examination. Kindly contact our technician or radiologist for specific instructions.
Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take food and medications as usual.
Some MRI examinations may require you to receive an injection of contrast material into the bloodstream. The contrast material most commonly used for an MRI exam is called Gadolinium.
Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home, if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Because they can interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit, metal and electronic items are not allowed in the exam room. In addition to affecting the MRI images, these objects can become projectiles within the MRI scanner room and may cause you and/or others nearby harm. These items include:
- 1. Jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged.
- 2. Pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort MRI images.
- 3. Removable dental work.
- 4. Pens, pocket knives and eyeglasses.
- 5. Body piercings
You will usually be alone in the exam room during the MRI procedure. However, the technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times using a two-way intercom.
High-quality images are assured only if you are able to remain perfectly still and follow breath-holding instructions while the images are being recorded. If you are anxious, confused or in severe pain, you may find it difficult to lie still during imaging.