Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI or MRT (magnetic resonance tomography) is a method for creating three-dimensional images of the body without using X-rays.; The technology uses strong magnetic fields combined with high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the VHF waveband. This imaging technology is used mainly in medical diagnostics to represent the structures and functioning of tissues and organs in the body. Magnetic resonance imaging allows specialists to create cross-sections of the human (and animal) bodies to equip diagnosticians to evaluate the functioning of organs and to identify a wide range of changes in such organs indicating illness.

Magnetic resonance imaging has developed into one of the most important medical diagnostic procedures available today for early identification of illness in internal organs. Early use of the technology substantially speeds up diagnosis of a variety of ailments, allowing treatment to be initiated in time and removing any need to engage in any other unnecessary diagnostic procedures.

Effects on patients
MRI is considered to be completely harmless. Due to the high magnetic field and the electromagnetic waves used, however, patients with cardiac pacemakers, insulin or pain pumps or a cochlear implant should, if possible, not be examined with an MRI scanner or only after consulting the manufacturer of the corresponding electronic unit.

When do we need to use MRI?
In the case of the following diseases, MRI can provide the crucial information required for early diagnosis of the following conditions:

  • Inflammations and tumours in the head and brain
  • Headaches, hearing problems, tinnitus, dizziness, vision disorders
  • Epilepsy, dementia, changes in personality
  • Hoarseness, difficulties in swallowing, ailments of the larynx
  • Stroke diagnostics (diagnostics of blood vessels in the neck and head)
  • Liver disease, ailments of the gallbladder, pancreas and kidneys
  • Lymph node ailments
  • Ailments of the skeletal system (bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, intervertebral discs, etc.)
  • Problems with the spinal column and joints
  • Rheumatic illnesses
  • Early diagnosis of breast and protrate tumours – Multiparametric examination of the prostate
  • Early diagnosis of abdominal tumours (e.g. of the large intestine)
  • Detection of metastasis in carcinomas
  • Assessing the blood supply to tumours
  • Preventative medicine
  • Examination of the prostrate gland
  • Abdominal, leg and neck arteries, and of the head (to examine for aneurysms, vascular occlusions, etc.)