Vizuālā diagnostika Ltd. ensures magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations by using Siemens and GE Healthcare devices, that offer precise diagnostic examinations that enable the patients to receive especially high-resolution images of high quality.
MRI is one of the most precise diagnostic methods, which uses magnetic field and radio frequency wave impulses. MRI not only allows the diagnostics of the central nervous system of the patient, their brain and spinal cord, bone and joint systems, soft tissue and intrauterine foetus of a pregnant woman*, but also the visualisation of joint tendons, tissue of the cartilage, menisci, and to obtain finely detailed and precise information, which is impossible by using other methods.
MRI provides special information for patients with oncology diseases by performing the whole-body MRI diffuse screening examination*, which allows to detect even the tiniest foci in any area of the body, thus excluding, specifying or confirming the diagnosis.
* MRI examinations of intrauterine foetus of a pregnant woman and whole-body MRI diffuse screening is available only at the Magnetic Resonance Office of Vizuālā diagnostika, Ltd. In Riga, Grebenščikova iela 1 (in the premises of Diagnostics Centre Ltd.).
- What should a patient know before the performance of a magnetic resonance examination?
MRI is an examination method that is completely harmless to patient’s health, it is usually not painless or unpleasant for the patient. Being within the device or the noises caused by the device may cause the discomfort in more sensitive patients**. The examination lasts from 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the body part examined.
The patients do not have dietary limitations to be observed prior to MRI examination, unless indicated otherwise. Prior to examination, the patient must remove all clothes and jewellery that contain metal, as well as remove keys, coins and bank cards from the pockets (the magnet irreversibly damages magnetic strips of the cards), as well as mobile telephones. If the profession of the patient is associated with metal processing, they must warn the personnel of the medicinal institution about that.
Women are advised to avoid using eyelash mascara, eye shadows and hair setting spray, since they can interfere with the obtaining of high-quality image.
**MRI device with larger diameter bore is installed at the office of Vizuālā diagnostika Ltd. in Riga, to take care of patients with claustrophobia symptoms and excess weight.
- When the patient must not perform MRI examinations?
MRI examinations may not be performed in patients with:
•Metal implants (brackets, artificial cusps, screws, plates);
•Foreign bodies incorporated as a result of household trauma (splinters, projectiles, bullets, etc.);
•Pregnancy until week 12 of gestation, except the events of vital indications;
•Patients in incommunicable status that require general anaesthesia.