Our center has the latest diagnostic units at our disposal. The equipment of our departments comprises of a new high field magnetic resonance scanner, a multislice computed tomography (CT) scanner, a fluoroscopy device and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) machine for determining the bone mineral density. Therefore, we are able to fulfil all radiological diagnostic demands for spinal conditions.
As a patient, you save yourself a lot of time and effort. Immediately after the special photographs have been taken, your consulting doctor will have the results ready on his/her screen in the consulting room, and will discuss these with you.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging is created with the help of superconducting magnets with a permanent magnetic field with the strength of 1.5 Tesla – the terrestrial magnetic field in central Europe is 48 microtesla. The hydrogen protons in our bodies react with the magnetic field and align themselves to it. Through high frequency impulses, this alignment is temporarily disturbed and the receiving coils record these changes. This allows an extremely accurate calculation of chemical composition of the water content in the tissue – around the spine and in the spinal discs and nerve channels.
With this procedure, we get an exact 3D picture of the examined body area.
Computer Tomography (CT)
CT scans are helpful in the diagnosis of changes in the bones and joints (e.g. for arthrosis of the intervertebral joints). A CT scan also provides valuable information for the planning of surgery. Moreover the targeted puncture (e.g. infiltration around the nerve root and other operations) can be completed very securely and precisely using computer tomography.
Most of these occur as ambulant procedures, meaning that you do not have to be hospitalized.
A fluoroscopy can be used to judge conditions such as spondylolisthesis (forward displacement of the vertebrae) or instability of the spine.
Also infiltrations of the small spinal joints (facet joint infiltration), nerve root (periradicular therapy) or the treatment with heat probes can be done under fluoroscopy. Therefore, these treatments are performed under the greatest possible security and effectiveness. Such surgeries take place as ambulant procedures, meaning that you do not have to be hospitalized.
Bone Mineral Density Test (BMD)
The bone mineral density test (BMD) is a method used to diagnose osteoporosis. Here we use weak x-ray radiation in order to x-ray the lumber spine and both hips.
With the results, we can calculate the bone mineral density and compare it against either the population average or the relevant age group. When the so-called T-Value is under the population average, then it can be established that you have a raised risk of suffering from osteoporosis.
About two days before the BMD test, you should stop taking your regular medication of calcium compounds, so that the results of BMD test will not be distorted. The measuring itself takes only a few minutes.