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What is MRI?

MRI is Magnetic Resonance Imaging that uses powerful magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to produce detailed pictures of organs and other internal body structures.

Unlike X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, MRI is a safe non-invasive imaging method that does not involve X-ray radiation.

The Procedure

The patient lies on a bed support that is moved through the cylindrical magnetic tunnel where the scanning takes place. The magnetic field temporarily aligns all the water molecules in the body and when radio waves are directed to the areas of study, these aligned water molecules will change position thus producing signals: a computer system then processes these signals, and creates cross-sectional images.

An MRI scan process is painless. The patient is however required to remain still for the duration of the scan process which can last between 30 – 45 minutes. Should there be a need for the patient to have a contrast material administered, it is usually done using the intravenous method.

During the scan, patients will experience some knocking and loud sounds. This is completely normal as it is how the machine operates. Patients are given earplugs or headphones with music on. The scanner is well-lit and is equipped with a two-way intercom system to constantly monitor and communicate with the patient. You will at all times have voice contact with the radiographer, who will observe you clearly from the control room through a closed circuit TV.

Metal and electronic objects that interfere with the magnetic field are strictly prohibited. Prior to the scanning, patients will be screened using a Patient MRI Safety Checklist.

At Sri Kota Specialist Medical centre, getting an MRI scan has never been easier. We have a dedicated team of medical professionals that are committed to providing quality medical healthcare at accessible rates. Equipped with advanced modern equipment, we are able to carry out efficient and safe medical imaging procedures.