MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. They are used to investigate medical conditions affecting almost all parts of the body including joints, organs and blood vessels.
The Montefiore has invested in a MAGNETOM Aera MRI scanner made by Siemens. This is one of the most sophisticated models available, incorporating the groundbreaking combination of Tim® 4G's integrated coil technology and DOT scanning which allows examinations to be tailored to individual patients' needs.
Although MRI scans are harmless and painless, some patients can feel anxious about having to lie still in the scanning tube. The MAGNETOM Aera has been designed to improve patient comfort, with a wider aperture and the ability to offer more head-out examinations.
An MRI scan is normally carried out as an outpatient procedure and we will aim to ensure it coincides with consultant appointments. Patients lie on a flat bed which is moved into the scanning tube which generates the magnetic field needed for creating the images. Sometimes a dye may be used to make certain tissues show up more clearly. The dye is usually given as an injection into the arm and will be passed out naturally in the urine. Patients can expect to spend between 15 minutes and an hour in the scanner, depending on the type of examination.