MRI scan: detailed images of the body

Magnetic resonance imaging, also known asmagnetic resonance tomography, (MRI) creates sectional images of the body using magnetic fields and radio waves. MRI scans are completely pain-free and radiation-free and usually only lasts a few minutes. Thanks to the open 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner MAGNETOM AERA , the exam is as comfortable as possible – even for patients who suffer from claustrophobia.

An MRI scan can show different types of tissue in a very detailed manner. Soft tissue such as the brain and inner organs can be displayed particularly well. This scan is thus always the first choice when dynamic processes, such as metabolic processes in the brain, need to be examined. The procedure is also used to clarify any ultrasound and X-ray images that are unclear.

MRI scan procedure

Before the scan:

  • You will need to remove any metal objects (braces, coins, keys, etc.).
  • You will need to set aside any magnetic data carriers (bank card, credit card).
  • You will lie down on the examination table and coils will be placed on the body region to be examined.

During the MRI scan

  • The magnetic fields and radio antennae create humming and knocking noises. This is normal. You will be given ear protection if you wish.
  • You are connected to our staff via intercom and a camera during the entire examination.
  • Please remain motionless in the same position to avoid blurring the images.

After the MRI scan:

  • Pick up the metal objects that you put down.
  • A radiologist will assess your diagnostic images and will send these to your doctor (usually on the same day).

An MRI scan is not possible for patients with:

  • Pacemakers
  • Cochlea implants

An MRI scan with some restrictions is possible upon discussion with your doctor in cases of:

  • Artificial heart valves
  • Shunt valves
  • Metal parts in the body (e.g. shrapnel)
  • Pregnancy

A joint replacement (e.g. an artificial hip joint) or metal plates do not usually prevent having an MRI scan. Please discuss this with your doctor beforehand.

Detailed information on the technical basics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, nuclear spin) can be found in the german learning script by Dr. med. Pabst (University Hospital Marburg) at the following link:
Grundlagen_der_Magnetresonanztomographie_MRT_2013.pdf