When do I need a MRI scan, what is it and what does it cost?
Do you have persistent symptoms in your back, neck, knee, head or any other body part? Then you obviously want to know what the cause could be. An MRI scan provided by Prescan, could be the solution. MRI is also suitable for further examination, for example when no visible cause for your symptoms is found during a X-ray examination.
In general, a MRI provides a better diagnosis than an X-ray for example. By means of a large magnetic field hundreds of images are made of your body. This makes it possible for the doctor to draw his conclusions more accurately concerning a possible disorder or condition.
Requests without referral
At Prescan you can have a MRI scan without a referral from your GP. And moreover, you do not have a long waiting time. Often you are helped within a week. You receive the results the following week after the examination and are given expert advice from a specialist: so you know where you stand. The advantage is that you can already follow a treatment programme in a early stage. That increases the chances of healing or quick recovery. If you undergo the MRI scan from a preventive point of view, and nothing is found, then you are reassured right away. By undergoing MRI scans of Prescan you do not wait longer then is necessary in uncertainty. This is what we call precare.
How does an MRI scan work?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a technique used to check the most vital organs and blood vessels right down to the smallest detail. The MRI scanner makes a large amount of images of your body by making use of a large magnetic field. In this way, cross-sections of your organs and body parts are made. To be able to evaluate the results, the computer presents the images of the organ or body parts as slices. Our specialists are able to view these images under a random angle, and therefore details of 5 mm are visible.
Sometimes, depending on your profile, we choose to give contrast agent into the blood. In this way we increase the contrast of the images. You will not have any problems due to injecting of the contrast agent . Only in very exceptional cases it can cause side effects, such as watery stools, intestinal problems, nausea and vomiting.
A preventive MRI examination lasts approximately 35 minutes and during this time about 800 images are made. While you are being scanned you will lie on a comfortable bed, that slowly shifts into a tunnel. The tunnel is open on both sides, back and front. If you are scared to lie in the tunnel, it is possible for your attendant to accompany you in the MRI area. A nurse is there to give you information and if necessary to reassure you. During the MRI scan you have a bell at your disposal which you can use to stop the process in case of emergency.
Not everyone is eligible for an MRI scan. If you might have a pacemaker due to a former operation, or metal peaces in your body, a MRI scan is not suitable due to the magnetic field. In that case there are other examination methods available.
The results of the MRI examination will be given to you the following week and the GP will go trough the results. The images of the scans will being send to you together with the results of the examinations within two weeks.