Frequently asked questions

 

I am claustrophobic. Can I still have an MRI examination?
What does an examination day look like? 
They have not found anything, so I am healthy? 
A scan can’t give insight on the functioning of the organ, can it? 
Isn’t a scan too detailed? There is always something to be seen, isn’t there?
Do I want to know the outcome?
How long will the examinations take? 
When will I get the results?
Does an MRI make a lot of noise?
Do dental implants and metal crown implants causing any problems?
How does an MRI machine work? 

 

I am claustrophobic. Can I still have an MRI examination?

There are some ways to control your anxiety, such as bringing your own music (CD), which can be played on your headphones. The part of the body being examined will be in the middle of the ‘tube’. For example: when your head is being scanned, your head will be in the middle of the scanner, but when we scan your pelvis, your head will almost be out of the scanner. Remember the MRI is open at the front and back end. The radiographers will also monitor you, and will be contactable at all times via a microphone. 
A panic button is given to you in case of emergency. Don't forget you are not the first, and definitely won’t be the last person who has had anxiety about an MRI scan. Don't feel ashamed to show your emotions, the radiographers are happy to help you deal with it in a warm and professional way.

What does an examination day look like?

The receptionist will welcome you and show you to our comfortable waiting area to fill out a questionnaire. The order of the examinations taking place can vary for each client.  You may see the cardiologist and nurse for laboratory testing first, then have the MRI/ CT scan afterwards, or vice versa. In between you will be provided with coffee/tea and something to eat. After the examinations you will receive a CD containing all the images. Within 48 working hours you will receive a written report by email, together with the availability of the GP. A date and time will be chosen that best suits your availability, and our GP will contact you for a telephone consultation regarding the reports. 

They have not found anything, so I am healthy?

No one in healthcare will, or can give you 100% certainty regarding your health. Preventative examinations are a snapshot of your health. The examinations will give you an extensive and detailed insight of your health at that moment in time. Current MRI and CT scan technologies allow us to visualise the inner structures of your body. This allows us to effectively examine the brain, artery structures, abdomen, organs and joints. During the medical examinations, various techniques will be used, and multiple specialists will assess the images to make an accurate diagnosis. Any abnormalities discovered at an early stage can increase the chance of recovery or stability.

A scan can’t give insight on the functioning of the organ, can it?

An MRI scan is just an imaging technique. The organs could appear normal in the images, but still may not be functioning optimally. To draw detailed conclusions on the functioning of the organs, further medical examinations are advisable. One option is to have the laboratory tests (kidney, liver, and thyroid functions tests). The cardiologist will assess functioning of the heart. You can have these examinations in addition to the scan by contacting our coordination team.

Aren’t the scans very detailed? There is always enough detail to see, isn’t there?

An MRI is very detailed, which is why a lot of insignificance will also be seen. This is known as a false positive, for example scar tissue. It is the specialists’ duty to discern important issues from the unimportant ones. They’ll diagnose the outcomes of the MRI scan. The doctors will use their experience and expertise to look after you. 

Do I want to know the outcome?

In most cases the client will have treatment when diagnosed with an illness/disease. Discovering that you have a serious illness will also have a psychological effect. Finding out that you have been diagnosed with an illness is hard to accept and to process, but it would have revealed itself sooner or later. The preventative scan will not have any influence on that whatsoever. However for most conditions, the sooner it is discovered and treated, chances of recovery/stabilization are higher.
Preventative examinations are something to seriously consider. Nobody will give 100% certainty to you, but we will provide quality care, expertise and accompaniment.

How long will the examinations take?

The Total Body Scan will take up to 2-3 hours. However, you will only be in the scanner for 45 minutes. Furthermore, you will be examined by a cardiologist, have some laboratory tests, and also time for a little lunch.

When will I get the results?

After the examinations you will receive a CD containing all the images. Within 48 working hours, you will receive a written report via email together with available GP times. You just need to pick a date and time that suits you best and send it back (including your phone number) so the GP can contact you. Our GP will contact you to conduct a telephone consultation and go through the reports.

Does an MRI make a lot of noise?

During the MRI scan, the MRI machine will take hundreds of images of your body. While the images are being produced, the machine does make a lot of noise. Very often, the noise is compared to working on a building site. Rest assured, you will receive headphones so you are able to play music (you may take your own CD too), to make your time in the machine a bit more pleasant.

Do dental implants and metal crown implants causing any problems?

Having implants and/or crowns in your teeth is not a problem for the MRI examination. The MRI images of your mouth/cheeks could become a bit blurry, but it will not affect the examination.

How does an MRI machine work?

By creating a large strong magnetic field, signals will be revived in the body and these will be revised to produce an image. This image can be monitored. Using this technique, simple profiles of the body, joints and some organs can be made, just like it has been sliced. The images are 3 dimensional. The biggest advantage is that there is no harmful x-ray radiation being used.

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