The human body consists of 90% water whose hydrogen atoms can align themselves to magnetic fields. The magnetic resonance imaging forms a strong electromagnetic field and measures the alignment of the hydrogen atoms in the body. Therefore a very accurate three dimensional image of the body’s internal parts can be created – also in cross-sectional images if necessary.
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows an exact view of such organs and parts of the musculoskeletal system that have high water content. Using different measuring techniques, a contrast of specific tissue parts can be produced and thus the tissue will be anatomically portrayed, if necessary also at high resolution.
This technology is very suitable for displaying intervertebral discs, the ligaments, the tendons and the nerves. Other than x-rays, the bony (calcified) structure, show up only indirectly because they contain relatively little water.
As the images are produced by magnetic fields, there is no exposure to radiation. However, you should not have any metal parts on or in your body under any circumstances during the MRI scan. Please inform your radiologist if you have a metal implant or a heart pacemaker. Credit cards, watches and mobile phones must be put aside so that you they will not be damaged.
The examination is painless and takes around 20 to 30 minutes. Our friendly team is always close by. You can also listen to music during the MRI scan so that your examination can be as comfortable as possible.