Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is designed to produce detailed images of internal organs using a magnet field, radio waves and a computer.
MRI is useful in discovering minor changes inside the body, crucial for an early diagnosis. It is suitable for imaging any part of the body (such as the bones and soft tissues) without involving X-ray radiation.
1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Philips Ingenia
There are only 5 Philips Ingenia MRI machines in Hong Kong. Besides producing ultra clear images, the machine has a 70 cm large bore design ensuring maximum client comfort. Combining MultiVane with dStream technology, scanning time is shortened remarkably. A whole-body MRI scan will typically take around 20-30 minutes.
Advantage of 1.5T MRI
- A wide bore(70cm) provides a spacious environment which reduces client anxiety.
- Imaging solutions such as mDIXON and MultiVane, simplify and speed up the check up process by producing high resolution diagnostic images in short scan times.
- A significant noise reduction by more than 80% allows for a quiet and comfortable environment.
- Metal Artifact Reduction technology (MAR) effectively eliminates the metal artifacts within MRI images.
- Equipped with advanced omaging techniques, such as Whole body DWI & MR angiography.
What to expect
MRI scans is usually a pleasant and pain-free process for the vast majority. However, clients with anxiety or claustrophobia might experience some discomfort. Please make sure that the technician is notified if you are aware that you have such conditions in advance.
After registering at the reception, you will be asked to change into a gown in a private changing room and remove things that might affect magnetic imaging. Personal belongings can be stored securely in a locker. The radiographer will then brief and discuss relevant questions with you.
The whole procedure will take around 30 minutes, depending on the targetted body parts.
How is a MRI done?
The MRI scanner is a cabin comprising of a large coil of magnet with a moveable table which glides inside the magnet.
The radiographer will require you to lie comfortably on the table. The inner table will slowly glide till you are located in the middle of the ring-shaped scanner. One end of the cabin is usually left opened so most will go through the scan without feeling any discomfort.
You are advised to put on earplugs or headphones provided by us to block out the loud clanging noises produced by the machine.
Several scans may be required and a short break will be given in between. It is crucial to stay still and breathe normally during the whole procedure. Any movement may result in blurry images and the need to repeat once again. The radiographer will monitor and instruct you during the scan. You can use the alarm button in case of any concerns or discomfort during the MRI examination.
In some cases, we need to view some tissues and blood vessels clearly by using a contrast agent.
The contrast agent is made by gadolinium, which is less likely to produce an allergic reaction compared to the iodine-based materials used for X-rays and CT scan. It is very rare to experience an allergic reaction. Medication can be used to control mild symptoms, while serious reactions are very unlikely.
Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a rare complication, occurs when gadolinium-based contrast agents are provided to patients with severe kidney disease. Therefore, this contrast is prohibited in these cases. Please inform radiographer if you are suffering from kidney diseases.
When you are injected with gadolinium in your hand or arm, you may sense a cold feeling in the arm. This feeling usually disappears within a few seconds.
If you have already known that you are allergic to any contrast agents, please tell the radiographer in advance.
Points to note post-screening
In most cases, you will be able to go home on your own after completing the scans. If you have taken sedatives, however, you are not advised to drive, drink alcohol, or sign any formal document within 24 hours. We would advise you to be accompanied by a friend or family in this case.
Your radiographer will send the film and written report to you when they are ready.