High-quality images without radiation – only magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can do that. The strong magnetic field of the tomograph causes the hydrogen atoms in the human body (which consists largely of water) to rotate in the same direction, and a radio signal causes them to oscillate. The resulting response signals provide finely graded slice images. As a procedure without radiation exposure, MRI can also be used on pregnant women and children.
The images produced by MRI show not only the hard structures of the skull, but also the soft brain tissue and fluids. Therefore, MRI is particularly well suited for diagnosing diseases of the central nervous system such as stroke, inflammation or tumors. The superior contrast between the different tissue types also provides information about the function of certain areas of the brain. It can also detect other brain changes such as cerebral hemorrhage, stroke or dementia at an early stage.
Furthermore, an MRI can be used in cases of severe headaches to rule out life-threatening causes, such as a cerebral aneurysm.
You will need: Assignment (detailed brief), previous images/findings, completed questionnaires.
All metallic objects (including jewelry) must be taken off (magnet). You will be examined in a tube with a diameter of approx. 70cm, the examination couch will be moved slightly again and again, please lie very still and follow the instructions of the staff. During the examination, loud knocking noises can be heard, which is why you will be given headphones. An emergency balloon and constant visual contact will allow you to make yourself heard at any time if needed. The examination lasts between 10-60 minutes.
Depending on the examination, it may be necessary to administer a contrast medium via a vein in your arm. As this is excreted via the kidneys, you will need a current creatinine value (can also be determined by us before the examination).
These examinations are provided by Diagnoseinstitut Alsergrund GmbH. These examinations are to be paid privately and can be submitted to a supplementary insurance/private insurance.