MRI operates on a 24-hour basis. Regular office hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a cut-off time of 4:30pm Mondays thru Saturdays. After the cut-off time including Sundays and holidays, all procedures that will be performed are considered “Emergency Cases”.
The section is staffed with Licensed/Board Certified Radiologists and Radiologic Technologists.
GE 1.5 Tesla MRI is particularly suitable for visualizing soft tissue and internal organs like the brain, bone marrow, joints and blood vessels. It produces various images in many different sections. Images are created from an intricate interplay between a strong magnetic field and radiowaves. MRI is indicated when unusual structures in a certain body part needs to be investigated in greater detail. Since MRI produces extremely detailed sectional views, it is possible to diagnose even the slightest change in tissues at an early stage. It provides exact diagnosis and extent of the disease which is a key factor in the success of treatment.
IS AN MRI EXAMINATION DANGEROUS?
MRI does not involve any exposure to x-rays or radioactivity. The process is used worldwide and has proved to be very safe and well tolerated.
ARE THERE CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE PROCEDURE? Patients with pacemaker, artificial heart valves, vascular clips or prosthesis made from metal (except titanium) are usually not examined because of its strong magnetic susceptibilities. This causes poor image quality and may render unsafe to the patient.
Extra precaution is also necessary for women in their 12 weeks of pregnancy.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE MRI:
Please inquire whether you are allowed to eat and drink normally before examination, and if there are medications that should be discontinued temporarily prior to the procedure.
Dress in comfortable clothes without any metal objects such as metal zipper or buttons.
The examination is absolutely safe and will not hurt. Some may require a contrast agent.
Don’t worry, contrast agents are proven to be safe.
During examination, you will hear loud noises but they are completely harmless.
Please inform the staff immediately if you are pregnant or think you might be, and for presence of pacemaker or metal prosthesis.