The magnetic resonance imaging is a modern radiological modality, that is able to provide high-resolution pictures without the use of X-radiation. The patients have to step on a strong magnetic field, that is required for the exam and in normal case this magnetic field is not dangerous. Special rules apply to patients with extraneous material like cardiac pacemaker, artificial cardiac valve, ear implants, pain-pumps and vascular clips. Specific pacemakers are „MRI save“ and in respective passes documented. We please you to show us your pacemaker-passes before your exam.
In certain questions the use of a special contrast medium with gadolinium (no iodine!) is necessary that will be injected in an arm vein. This contrast medium is generally tolerated without any problems and leads only in very rare cases to allergic reactions. Patients with diabetes taking drugs containing Metformin and those with a limited renal function should receive contrast media only in urgent cases. After the exam, their renal function should be controlled.
The whole examination time is depending on the clinical question between 10 and 40 minutes.