MRI has revolutionised the imaging of the human body, especially the cerebrospinal axis and musculoskeletal system.
High-resolution M.R. images are obtained in any orthogonal plane without patient repositioning and there is no hazard of ionizing radiation.
To date, no side effects have been reported.
Jackpersad and Partners Inc have several MR scanners – Chatsmed Garden Hospital, Westridge Medical Centre, EThekwini Heart hospital, City Hospital, Hillcrest Private Hospital and Mediclinic Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
We have highly trained and experienced M.R. technicians and radiologists.
With this sophisticated equipment at our disposal, we can ensure that patients are imaged as swiftly as possible, and an expert MR radiologist is always at hand to provide the patient with reassurance and explanation of how the scan is progressing.
The high cost of the procedure and equipment is justified by the diagnostic accuracy and image clarity. Intracranial, as well as, whole body angiography is performed non-invasively and without intravenous contrast injections. Varied orthopaedic indications include exquisite demonstrations of disc prolapse, soft tissue neoplasm, muscular strains and joint anatomy.
MRI of the breast is the latest imaging tool in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer.
It is an important diagnostic tool in the screening of young patients with a strong family history of breast cancer , as mammography in these patients is not sensitive due to significantly dense breast tissue.
3 Tesla (3T) MR
Our 3T MR unit boasts cutting-edge developments in MR Imaging. This system consists of the latest software technology that allows for the use of the revolutionary AIR Recon DL, which not only shortens scanning times but also improves image quality using Artificial Intelligence. This improves the patient experience and ensures confident diagnostic reporting.
What is MRI & How does it work?
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a way of obtaining very detailed images of organs and tissues throughout the body without the need for ionizing radiation
Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves , to construct images of the body.
A rapidly changing magnetic field and a computer are used to create images that show whether or not there is an injury or some disease process present.
For this procedure, the patient is placed within the MR scanner—typically a large, tunnel or doughnut-shaped encased magnet that is open at both ends.
The magnetic field aligns atomic particles called hydrogen atom that are present in most of the body's tissues.
Radio waves then cause these particles to produce signals that are picked up by a receiver within the MR scanner.
The signals are specially characterized using a changing magnetic field, and computer-processor to create very sharp images of tissues as "slices" that can be viewed in any orientation.
An MRI exam causes no pain, and the magnetic fields produce no known tissue damage of any kind.
The MR scanner may make loud tapping or knocking noises at times during the exam; using earplugs reduces the noise levels.
You will be able to communicate with the MRI radiographer or radiologist at any time using an intercom system or by other means.