Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan which uses computer-generated radio waves and strong magnetic fields to produce detailed images of the internal body parts- organs and tissues. An MRI scanner is like a large tube containing powerful magnets, and the patient must lie inside the tube for the scan.
How MRI works?
During MRI test, the magnetic field of the machine temporarily realigns the water molecules in your body and the radio waves cause these aligned molecules to produce faint signals. These signals are then used to create cross-sectional MRI images. The MRI machine can produce 3D images, that allow viewing the organs at different angles and hence makes diagnosis easy and more accurate.
So, how MRI works? It works by using natural magnetic properties of the body, to produce detailed images of any part of body. While it works perfectly for soft tissues, MRI cannot visualize bones well, hence radiography/ CT might also be required in certain circumstances.
For appointment and more information about MRI Scan, X-Ray, CT Scan, Ultrasound or any other radiological scan, contact Al Hilal Hospital, Department of Radiology today. We have experienced Radiologists, skilled technical staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and modern laboratories and 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner to provide outstanding services to all our patients.
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What is an MRI Scan Used to Diagnose?
While MRI test is required in various circumstances, what is an MRI scan used to diagnose?
MRI scan provides detailed and clear images of soft tissues. Hence, it diagnoses the conditions affecting soft tissues, including:
- Soft tissue injuries, including damaged ligaments.
- Tumors and cancers.
- Joint diseases and injuries.
- Spinal diseases or injuries.
- Diseases or injuries of the internal organs, including heart, brain, and the digestive organs.
What Not to Do Before an MRI?
The MRI procedure is performed using magnets in the machine, and certain precautions are required to make sure the scan is accurate. So, what not to do before an MRI? Following are some of the precautions that must be taken before an MRI procedure:
Metal– some metals can affect the magnetic field of MRI scan, and it is essential to inform radiologist about any internal implant or device that you have, including metal pins, medication pumps or heart pacemakers. MRI cannot be performed on older generation/ patients with heart pacemaker. In addition, patient is asked to remove all metal objects, including jewelry, keys, and wristwatches and cellular phones before entering the magnet room.
Pregnancy– as the impact of MRI scan on the fetus is not well studied, and hence MRI is not usually performed in first trimester of pregnancy, unless there is an emergency.
Fasting– the abdominal or pelvic MRI requires fasting of at least five hours prior to the procedure, while in other cases, it is not necessary to avoid food and drinks before the scan (unless advised by healthcare professional). The patients are advised to follow the instructions given by the technologist.
Claustrophobia– if you experience claustrophobia, inform your doctor in advance. For some patients, claustrophobia is triggered by the confined space of MRI machine, and relaxing medication might be required to keep you calm during the MRI procedure.
Children– usually, anti-anxiety medication is offered to children to keep them relaxed during the procedure. Speak to your doctor beforehand if you have concerns regarding this matter.
For appointment and more information about MRI Scan, X-Ray, CT Scan, Ultrasound or any other radiological investigation, contact Al Hilal Hospital, Department of Radiology today. We have experienced Radiologists, skilled technical staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and modern laboratories to provide outstanding services to all our patients.
Al Hilal Hospital offers premium radiology services at the most affordable rates in Bahrain, with MRI price starting from BD 120 for plain MRI and BD 150 for contrast MRI. For more information regarding the cost and appointment for MRI scan, get in touch with our representatives today.
Al Hilal Hospital Bahrain, Department of Radiology
The Radiology Department at Al Hilal Hospital Bahrain is equipped with modern and updated radiological equipment to provide high-end radiology services to all the patients, and support to other medical departments. Divided into sections of Routine Radiography, Ortho-pan-tomography, Ultrasound Imaging, CT Scan and MRI imaging, the Department of Radiology also has C-arm unit for guiding procedures and Mobile X-Ray Unit for in-patient Radiology.
The Department of Radiology, Al Hilal Hospital Bahrain provides services around the clock (including routine and on-call services). The conventional Ultrasound and X-ray scans are available on walk-in basis, while prior appointment is required for MRI, IVP and CT scans. With experienced Radiologists, skilled technologists and expert nursing assistants, we aim to provide exceptional and reliable radiology services to all in and outpatients.
For your convenience, our representatives are available on WhatsApp helpline, in Al Hilal Manama, Salmabad, Riffa and Muharraq branches. We also offer exclusive packages and privilege cards for additional benefits, to provide affordable yet exceptional healthcare services to all our patients.