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Nuclear magnetic resonance imagining – MRI

03 June 2014

MRI scanning is a medical imaging technique that is highly accurate, painless, without any side effects, no contraindications and is non-irradiating. The procedure can be repeated as often as needed. The duration of a scanning varies, depending on the investigated segment and on the medical issues.

DAfter the medical secretary drafts the appointment sheet and the approval for the admission in the scanner, you are invited in the MRI room to be called by the operator in order to carry out the investigation.

Each and every patient is taken over by the operator according to the appointment made, provided that the waiting time may be extended as a result of the following: the carrying out of emergency investigations of the patients arrived from the Hospital or the Emergency Service, the extension of the investigation of some patients, unforeseen technical malfunctions of the machine.

The patient is not allowed to carry with him metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, prostheses or hairpins that can damage the MRI images.

Usually, it is not necessary to take off the underwear. Instead of the clothes, you will receive a robe and a pair of slippers.

Warning! The investigation cannot be performed if you have one of the following: bioimplants, neurostimulator, cardiac pacemakers, insulin pumps, hearing aid, cochlear implants or other implants, removable prostheses, metal rods, ferromagnetic intracerebral clips and laparoscopic postrefractive surgery, ventricular valves, intrauterine devices, suture with metal wires or clips, metal objects accidentally or for medical purposes introduced into the body.

The investigation is not recommended to be conducted in case of pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy.

For investigations that require the administration of the contrast agent, a flexula will be attached to the fold of your arm.

We mention the fact that incidents/accidents may occur during the vein puncture or during the administration of the contrast agent.

Afterwards, you will be accompanied in the MRI room. There you will be comfortably laid on the table of the device (that slides-up in the tube), according to the scanning protocol that corresponds to the body segment to be investigated. You will be given headphones to listen to the music and to hear the operator speaking, and a rubber bulb to squeeze it when needed. After the injection of the contrast agent, a cold sensation, a metallic taste in your mouth, and a slight nausea may occur. You will be notified on the occurrence of these side effects at the beginning of the investigation. Any other side effects should be immediately brought to our attention.

During the investigation you will be supervised by the MRI operator through the window of the console and you will be able to communicate with him by means of the microphone.

It is very important to keep you body still. In hour hand you will be put a rubber bulb (which you can squeeze to send signals in the event of an issue), and you shall respond to the instructions given by the operator throughout the investigation.

After the investigation is completed, you will be accompanied to the dressing room, where the flexula will be removed.

After you receive the permission to leave the clinic, you will be directed to the secretary department in order to be communicated to you the release term and modality of the result.


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