OpenMRI

Feel more relaxed during the test.

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic imaging equipment that visualizes internal structures of the body in detail. MRI is a very safe test because it doesn’t use ionizing radiation to collect the images. MRI provides good contrast between the different soft tissues of the body, which makes it especially useful in imaging the brain, muscles, joints, spine, and other internal organs. MRI is a very safe procedure which poses no direct known health risk.

 

Open MRI vs. Closed MRI

Kotziamanis Biodiagnostic offers a new high-performance MRI scanner, Hitachi Aperto. The open environment helps some patients stay more relaxed during the test.  And the new technology offers quality images, as well as decreased testing time.Instead of lying in a narrow tunnel, the imaging table has more space around the body so that the magnet does not completely surround the person being tested. The examination is thus more comfortable especially for claustrophobic patients. You can also bring a relative or a friend to stay inside the room during the scan.

 

Can I have an MRI scan?

MRI scans take place in a strong magnetic field.  Therefore no metallic items can be taken into the scanner since they will get attracted by the magnet.  They may also get heated up by the radio waves.For the same reason, people with metallic implants cannot be scanned.  Such metal items include any of the following: Cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants, metallic aneurysm clips, metallic fragments in the eye and certain types of bio-mechanical implants.  If in doubt please contact us before your scan.

 

How do I prepare for MRI scan?

You will be asked to leave ANY metallic objects you may be carrying (including coins, keys, jewellery, mobile phones, watches and credit cards) outside the examination room. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.  You may be asked to change into clothing provided by the imaging center, glasses cannot be worn in MRI room contact lenses are ok. Do not wear any make-up on the day of your scan as this may cause interference.

A scan will not be performed until you have fully completed a Screening Questionnaire and a Consent form.

 

What happens in the MRI scan room?

The radiographer will position you into the scanner and ask you to lie down on a comfortable bed.  The scanning process generates buzzing/tapping noises. Cushions or supports may be used to make you more comfortable. A coil will be placed around the area to be examined.  You will then be moved into the scan so that your examined part is positioned in the center of the magnet. The radiographer will then leave the room.  The radiographer can see you and hear you throughout the procedure.  If you have any concerns, let them know.

 

What should I do during the MRI scan?

It is very important that you keep as still as possible the body part being examined during the scan as movement may introduce artifacts.You will be given instructions on what to do before starting the examination.

 

How long will it take?

The procedure varies for each study.  An MRI scan lasts around 30 minutes, but could take longer depending on each patient.  The radiographer will tell you how long your scan will last.

 

What happens after the MRI scan?

After the session is finished, the radiographer will take you out of the scanner.  You can then collect your belongings and leave.

The results will not be available immediately after the scan as it is analyzed at a later date.

 

Why use an MRI?

The MRI procedure is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation of the following conditions:

  1. Brain disorders
  2. Traumatic injuries
  3. Eye abnormalities
  4. Spine diseases
  5. Tumor detection
  6. Liver and other abdominal diseases
  7. Knee and shoulder injures
  8. Musculoskeletal disorders
  9. Facial/neck abnormalities
  10. Blood flow and vessel disorders

 

Doctor Kotziamanis Andreas, MD Radiologist

Doctor Kotziamani Natasa, MD Radiologist, Head of the Department