MRI of the spinal cord
Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI of the spinal cord is not performed in isolation. In addition to the spinal canal proper, the structures of the spine and nerves are visualized in the image. The functional capabilities of tomography allow to detect with high accuracy the slightest foci of inflammation, changes in tissue areas and vertebrae, a tumor, hidden pathological processes.
- Up to 250 kg
- Children and adults
- Probably under anesthesia
- With or without contrast
Its main differences from similar devices of previous generations are as follows:
Maximum clear image
The magnetic field strength of 3 Tesla allows you to explore the deepest layers of tissues and organs without loss of accuracy and create a clear, informative image.
64-slice technology is revolutionary today, as it provides high-precision image detail and allows you to register even the smallest signs of pathology, which makes it possible to diagnose oncological diseases at the earliest stages!
Suitable for the youngest patients
The power of our 3 Tesla device allows us to get a high-quality image in a shorter time, which facilitates the MRI procedure for children.
Our device is equipped with a table with a high load capacity, thanks to which we can perform an MRI procedure for patients with a large weight (up to 250 kg).
Tim 4G Technology
This is a unique development of SIEMENS, which has changed the MRI. Thanks to her, there was no need to change the patient's posture when examining several areas of the body, and high-precision visualization of processes in real time became possible.
The above features make it possible to create as accurately as possible a computer model of brain tissues that displays structural disorders and allows you to make a correct diagnosis based on objective data. This is the most modern equipment for performing brain MRI in Moscow. If you need an extremely accurate and objective result, it will be provided by an examination in our clinic.
Indications for spinal cord MRI
Among the typical indications for MR diagnostics are the following cases:
- back pain, numbness of the lower extremities, "lumbago" in the lower back;
- loss of finger sensitivity;
- spinal injuries of varying severity;
- preoperative examination of the spine;
- conditions after spinal cord surgery;
- intervertebral hernias;
- tumors of the spinal cord and vertebrae;
- infringement of nerves and roots;
- inflammatory processes of various etiologies;
- degenerative lesions of the spine.
MRI is prescribed by the attending physician after consultation and examination of the patient. An experienced specialist is able to determine which part of the spine needs to be examined. If desired, the patient can sign up for the procedure on his own, this is often done for preventive purposes.
In certain cases, an MRI with contrast may be required. This type of diagnosis is especially in demand if the presence of spinal cord tumors is suspected.
Due to its specificity, namely the use of magnetic fields, MRI diagnostics is impossible if there is a patient in the body:
- metal implants;
- metal pins;
- prosthetic joints;
- insulin pump;
- vascular clips.
These are absolute contraindications, they are all united by the presence of a foreign metal body. Relative contraindications include:
mental disorders that do not allow the patient to stay in a stationary state for a long time;
severe diseases of the cardiovascular system, which caused a violation of the function of the heart.
Preparation for the study
It is not necessary to prepare specifically for an MRI of the brain, however, on the eve of the procedure, it is necessary to consult a doctor about possible contraindications to the study.
When going for diagnostics, be sure to take with you:
- Referral indicating the diagnosis and purpose of the study;
- The results of previous radiation studies (computed tomography, MRI, radiography, ultrasound);
- Medical documentation (expert opinions, extracts from the medical history or outpatient card, etc.).
About the procedure
The implementation of diagnostics does not require special training. The main requirement is to remove all metal jewelry, removable dentures, hearing aid, etc. It is not allowed to have buttons or metal zippers, rivets on clothes. Clothes should not restrict movement, if desired, you can change clothes.
Magnetic resonance imaging in our clinic is conducted by radiologists with considerable experience, numbering dozens of years of diagnostic practice. These are competent specialists with an excellent reputation, members of the European Association of Radiologists.