Health Check and Diagnostic Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Introduction
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is highly advance medical imaging technology used to show images of various tissues and organs in different planes after computer reconstruction. MRI scan uses powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce images. Specialists can then use those images for medical diagnosis. Although MRI is costly, it can provide extremely high-resolution medical images without ionizing radiation.

Instrument



To provide a quick and precise MRI service, our centre uses Siemens’ MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T scanner which is the most advance latest generation MRI scanner. It has a 70-cm Open Bore systems with ultra-short 145cm system length design, enables more head-out and feet-out exams to be carried out. This increases patients’ comforts level, especially for those claustrophobic patient.

Incorporating up to 204 coil elements and 64 RF channels, MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T have a scan range of up to 205cm, thanks to its core imaging technologies Tim 4G and Dot , it not only provides high-resolution MRI images, but also minimizes the time period for the whole process. As a result, it maximizes efficiency and reliability.

Body parts that can be imaged

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Examination Process
Before examination, medical staff will ask about patient history and explain examination procedure to the patient. Before entering the scan room, radiographer will use metal detector to check if there is removable metal on patient`s body, patient is then asked to lay on the table and slowly move into the scan machine. Radiographer may or will place coils on top of patients’ bodies to enhance signal receiving. During scan procedures, patient will hear noise in different tones and frequencies due to rapid change of gradient strength, headset or ear plugs will be provided for patients hearing protection. A call bell will be given, in case of any emergency situations, patients can still communicate with radiographers outside the examination room. It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on number of body parts needed to be imaged.

Preparations

  • Please notify our staff if you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant at the time of booking.
  • Please notify our staff if you have cardiac pacemaker or Aneurysm Clips or metal implants at the time of booking.
  • Dress in casual clothing, avoiding jewelry, metals snaps and zippers.
  • Avoid using any make-up.
  • Please inform our staff if you have claustrophobia.

Plain MRI Scan
Usual meals are allowed. Except MRCP (Plain) - Fasting for 6 hours prior to examination. No water or any fluid is allowed.

Contrast MRI Scan
Fasting for 6 hours prior to examination. Water is allowed.

Appointment Making
Please make appointment. Please bring relevant MRI old films and reports (eg. x-rays, CT scans, etc.) at time of examination for comparison.

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