MRI scanning has been one of the biggest advances in medical science in the past 40 years and has revolutionised medicine. It uses magnetism and radio waves to create pictures of structures including soft tissue, bone, blood flow and organs within the human body.
The main advantages of MRI scans are that they can obtain these clear images without any invasive procedures, pain, or use of ionising radiation as x-rays and CT scans do.
MRI scans are a useful diagnostic tool for a whole range of medical conditions including those affecting soft tissue such as worn cartilage, ligament strains and tendonitis; as well as inflammation affecting joints and the spine not visible on an x-ray; cancerous tumours and cysts, assessment of blood vessels, the brain, and other organs such as the gallbladder and prostate.
Medserena offers a premium service of specialist MRI scans for the spine, back, brain, limbs, abdomen, prostate, and pelvis. The scans are carried out by experienced qualified radiographers in a calm and relaxed atmosphere in spacious rooms.
The company’s scans are upright and open so that patients can be examined in a sitting or standing position rather than lying down in a flatbed MRI tunnel scanner. This makes them less intimidating for people who suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia about being in a small space.
Another advantage of an upright scan is that patients can be scanned in a weight-bearing position when their spine or joints are under the pressure of gravity. This gives a much more dynamic picture of what is happening internally and is particularly useful for investigating causes of back and joint pain.
Images can be acquired from multiple planes and angles without having to move the patients so it’s extremely convenient. MRI can be used to evaluate soft tissue in greater detail than a CT scan and therefore show the human body’s anatomy in clearer detail.
Our scans can be performed in
London or Manchester
Based on location and how soon
you need the scan
Many MRI scans can be booked
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Here are some of the conditions that MRI scans can investigate, assess and diagnose:
Open MRI scanners are a stress-free alternative to using a conventional enclosed tunnel MRI scanner, providing comfort and reassurance for people who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia. Sitting upright is more comfortable for patients and the open front means patients can speak to a friend or relative or watch television throughout as distraction.
Open MRI scans can also accommodate larger/ heavier patients who might have difficulty fitting comfortably into a conventional tunnel scanner, as they can take weights of up to 35 stone (226kg). However, suitability will depend on the patient’s build and the area of anatomy that needs to be scanned.
At Medserena we take pride that every patient is provided with the premium quality they deserve with every private MRI scan.