What does the MRI scan do exactly?
‘MRI stands for “magnetic resonance imaging”. With the help of a magnet and radio waves, signals are generated in the body. An antenna captures these signals and a computer then processes them into an image. This technique allows us to look at the body “slice by slice”.’
Do you feel anything?
‘Absolutely not. Nor do you notice anything during the CT scan, which is used to examine risk factors in the lungs, heart, back and neck. Think of the examination as a relaxing 3D journey through your body that provides accurate information about your personal health.’
What exactly do you see with an MRI scan?
‘We can examine the condition of the heart, brain and blood vessels. We can also detect any tumours in organs.
How long do you have to lie still for during the MRI scan?
An MRI scan takes between 45 and 50 minutes. There is room to move in the MRI machine, but for the examination to be successful it’s important that you remain extremely still. In the meantime, you can listen to music. And you are given glasses that allow you to look through the back of the machine for an external view. That increases the feeling of space.
Advantages of the new MRI scanner
- Wider tunnel creates more space, which is pleasant for claustrophobic clients;
- The shortest magnets in the industry enable more exams to be performed with the head outside the tunnel;
- Respiratory sensors, eliminating the need for clients to wear an additional band that measures respiratory rate;
- Use of biometric data that anticipates movement, heart rate and respiration, making scans more accurate;
- Faster scanning so clients don’t have to lie for as long in the tunnel and there is more time for support during the scan;
- llumination mood light for a pleasant atmosphere;
- Screen with a mirror for an external view;
- Less noise and better communication due to comfortable audio system integrated into the pillow
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