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Magnetic resonance imaging


What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a modern, radiological, diagnostic method that provides perfect visualization of the whole organism and changes caused by various diseases. This diagnostic method provides better insight into individual parts of the human body, all organs, soft tissue, bones, joints, i.e. all structures in the interior of the body.

Which scanner does the Aviva Polyclinic have?

The Radiology Department of the Aviva Polyclinic, along with the most up-to-date diagnostic and radiological equipment, has the latest and state-of-the-art 1.5T MRI scanner – SIEMENS MAGNETOM® Espree.

Can claustrophobic people get an MRI?

Our device has an open tunnel and as such it is the best choice for claustrophobic people (people who are afraid of a closed-in space).

From which age can we do an MRI at the Aviva Polyclinic?

From the age of 18.

How long does magnetic resonance imaging take?

The duration of the MRI examination depends on the part of the body being imaged. Considering the positioning of the patient in the scan and imaging, the process of doing an MRI of a segment of the spine or the brain MRI takes about 20 to 30 minutes while abdominal and pelvis imaging rarely takes less than 30 minutes per segment (i.e. about 30 minutes for an MRI of the upper abdomen and the same for the pelvis MRI). The said time refers to the native imaging, but if necessary, additional sequences are made and a contrast agent is applied, extending the examination for about 15 minutes. All in all, it takes about 25-45 minutes per segment depending on the condition of the patient and the clinical inquiry (working diagnosis), i.e. what we want to get with this diagnostic method.

Why does the doctor use a contrast agent?

It is used in the case of an unclear morphological test result to better differentiate the tissue structure (in consultation with the doctor during the examination).

When is the contrast agent compulsory?

If the patient underwent surgery in the area being imaged (due to the cut)

Breast MRI

In case of a possible tumor or some complicated disease.

Is it necessary to be still during an MRI?

As with other forms of radiology imaging (standard X-ray images, ultrasound and MSCT), the patient should remain still during an MRI procedure. This is important because if you move, there will be disturbances, the so-called artifacts that reduce the image resolution, thus reducing the possibility of a more precise analysis, and thus obtaining the necessary information to make the conclusion/diagnosis.

Why is it important to come 15 minutes before the examination?

Before the imaging itself, it is necessary to register at the reception desk, provide the medical documentation to our doctors and prepare for the examination.

What can be imaged with an MRI scan?

Brain MRI

MRA (magnetic angiography)

MRI of the sinuses

MR of the pituitary gland

MRI of the orbits

Cervical spine MRI, thoracic spine MRI, lumbosacral MRI

MRI of the soft tissue of the pelvis (most commonly recommended by gynecologists/internal organs)

Abdomen MRI, abdomen MRI + MRCP (gallbladder and bile ducts)

Breast MRI

MRI of the joints

MRI of the shoulder, MRI of the knee, MR knees, MRI of the foot, MRI of the sacroiliac joints

MR of the pelvis with hips

What is important to say when requesting an MRI?

Whether you have UNDERWENT SURGERY – of the section being imaged

Whether a tumor has already been established in that part of the body?

IMPLANT – persons with metal implants cannot do an MRI scan, and those with implants from other materials, for example titanium, can (a doctor’s confirmation that an MRI can be done is required)

STENTS – if more than 6 months have passed since the placement you can do an MRI

PACEMAKER – performing an MRI scan is not possible (except for new pacemakers which are only a few on the market – a special doctor’s confirmation)

WOUNDED PERSONS (SHRAPNELS IN THE BODY) – performing an MRI scan is not possible

FIXED APPLIANCES – MOBILE DEVICES – it is possible to do an MRI

DENTAL IMPLANTS, FIXED BRIDGE, FIXED APPLIANCES – a confirmation is needed (it does not affect the imaging only when it is done from the pelvis down)

BREAST MRI: the scan for women who are not in menopause should be done between the 7th and 17th day of the cycle

If you are a diabetic TYPE 1 or TYPE 2 – please contact us for further information

What documentation should I bring with me?

All documentation related or closely related to the area being imaged.

Is there any special preparation for an MRI?

No special preparation is required for bone and locomotor segments.


The day before the examination you should eat a light breakfast (tea, bread, a rusk, a spread)

Light lunch (around 12)

At 2 p.m. drink 1 X-PREP syrup (buy at a pharmacy)

During the afternoon drink 2-3 liters of sweet tea or still mineral water (if you are a diabetic do not drink sweet tea)

On the day of the examination, come in the morning on an empty stomach

One hour before the examination empty the bladder and then drink 2-3 glasses of water

WOMEN: bring a tampon, because of the analysis of the vaginal wall it is necessary to put a tampon


The day before the examination, avoid food that causes bloating such as beans, peas, green beans, cabbage, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables. On the day of the examination, come on an empty stomach.

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