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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI makes use of a strong magnet, radio waves and computer system to form pictures or images of the body. A large part of your body is composed of water which contains hydrogen atoms. These atoms are slightly paramagnetic. By using a combination of magnetic fields and radio waves, we are able to detect signals from them. These signals are then converted by the computer into detailed images of various structures of the body.

MAGNETOM Amira with BioMatrix
  • High Tech High Touch
    By embracing human nature, instead of expecting patients to adjust to the technology, the BioMatrix technology used automatically adjusts to the patient.
    • Anticipate motion for high-quality results;
    • Adapt to challenging anatomies for reliable examinations,
    • Accelerate patient preparation for increased efficiency.
  • Enhance Efficiency
    Simultaneous Multi-Slice TSE can dramatically reduce scan times for routine examinations while Segmented Time-of-Flight enables faster non-contrast MRA exams without compromising image quality.
  • Improved Patient Experience
    Compressed Sensing provides a better examination experience by enabling free-breathing body and cardiac examination. It removes timing challenges in dynamic imaging and respiratory artifacts. With Compressed Sensing Cardiac Cine application which acquire free-breathing, high-resolution Cardiac Cine images, cardiac function evaluation can now be offered to all patients – even those with arrhythmia.
  • Reliably Consistent Image Quality
    BioMatrix technology and DotGO capture respiratory motion, adapting to challenging body regions for excellent homogeneity, and decreasing acquisition time

The Procedure

The whole procedure is monitored by the radiology staff. During the examination, you will lie awake on a sliding couch inside the magnet. Blankets will be provided to keep warm and comfortable.  You may receive an injection of contrast medium that enables the internal organs to be better shown. A pulse monitor and/or electrocardiogram sensors may also be attached.

The actual scanning procedure occurs intermittently, keep still and relax throughout the examination. You will hear a regular drumming noise during the scanning. Ear plugs will be provided. Sedative will be administered to paediatric patients in order to obtain images without body movement.  Medical staff will be in constant contact with you during the examination, and feel free to talk to the staff as needed.

How Long does it Take?

The examination will take about 1-2 hour(s), but occasionally it may take longer.

To Prepare for the Procedure
  • A written consent is required.
  • Paediatric patients should be accompanied by adults. Consent form should be signed by parents or legal guardian.
  • Patients attending head scans should wear minimal make-up, especially eye make-up, as it will be shown on the images.
  • All metallic objects e.g. keys, jewellery, watches, pins, eyeglasses and hearing aids, etc., must be removed.
  • Credit cards must also be left in the locker as the magnetic data will be erased by the magnetic field.
After the Procedure

Eat or drink as usual.

Risk and Complication

MRI is safe and there are no known hazards. However, if you have the following items and/or conditions, which are potentially hazardous and may interfere with the MRI examinations, please inform our staff before examination.

  • Cardiac Pacemaker / Defibrillator / Aneurysm Clip / Prosthetic Heart Valve / Neurostimulator / Shunts / Cochlear Implants / Hearing Aid / Shrapnel / Implanted Perfusion Pump / Metal Device in Bone or Joint / Ocular Metal Foreign Body / Wire Sutures
  • Pregnant or maybe pregnant 

MR contrast medium has been used safely in millions of patients. Serious life-threatening reactions are rare, and only been reported in about 1 in 400,000 patients. Minor reactions, such as headache or nausea occur in about 2% of patients.

Payment Method

We support cashless payment.  Payment by credit card, WeChat Pay, Alipay, FPS are encouraged.

Holders of valid cashless health insurance plan can leave upon discharge should the services used do not include any items that are not covered by your insurance policy or exceed the insured amount.

Photo Courtesy:
Magnetom Amira, Siemens Healthineers

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