Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging
Магнитный резонанс
Magnetic resonance imaging

Vizuālā diagnostika Ltd. ensures magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations by using Siemens, Canon Medical Systems 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.

Whole body magnetic resonance screening is performed in order to rule out clinically significant diseases, most often oncological diseases and various neoplasms.  The level from the head to the pelvis is included in the examination, as most oncological diseases are located in these parts of the body. This examination is more suitable for people who were diagnosed with cancer or need to rule it out if there are unclear symptoms with suspected cancer.

This examination cannot replace a detailed examination of any particular part of the body, for example, examination of the head, because it scans the head with special sequences for as long as it scans the whole body in this examination; the same applies to other parts of the body, such as the chest, liver, pelvis, etc.

Descriptions of the examination for patients are prepared by two physicians: Dr. Kaspars Stepanovs – description of the abdominal cavity organs, lungs, and Dr. Sarmīte Dzelzīte – description of the brain, nervous system, musculo-skeletal system.

It should be noted that due to the laws of physics it is impossible to include arms in the examination, therefore, in case of any pathology in the arms or shoulders, these areas are most often impossible to assess.

The patient receives a description of all organ systems located at the respective level: brain, soft tissues, chest, lungs, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, kidneys, urinary tract, pelvis, aorta, and lymph nodes.

No special preparation is required – the only thing that should be observed – avoid eating 4 hours before the examination. In order to perform it, you should take a specialists referral with you. 

Important notice: this method, like any magnetic resonance examination, is carried out without ionising radiation; special diffusion sequences that show modified tissues are used. This is a particularly important aspect for cancer patients, because modified tissues are characteristic for identification of malignant process development.  In studies, the whole body diffusion examination method has proved to be very effective for patients with diagnosed breast, prostate tumours involving bone marrow, and in cases of diffuse hematological diseases, for instance, in case of myeloma. The method is also applied for patients with lymphoma in order to control the dynamics of therapy.

Standard price for the whole body magnetic resonance screening: 320.00 EUR.

The examination may be covered through an insurance policy, taking into account the conditions of the programmes of the insurance company concerned.

The examination is available in SIA Vizuālā diagnostika branches in Riga –

  • Centre of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Magnētiskās rezonanses centrs), Mārupes Street 1a, phone: +371 67847721, +37129144744, e-mail:
  • Office of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Grebenščikova Street 1, phone: +37167798022, +371 26300311, e-mail:

* 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.).


Frequently asked questions
  • 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);
    •Heart pacemakers;
    •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.


Examination available at branches