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Magnetic resonance (MR)

Magnetic resonance imaging Lublin

MRI is a modern, non-invasive imaging method based on the use of magnetic fields and radiofrequency waves.

MRI is particularly useful in the diagnosis of diseases of the brain and the spine and all structures forming joints. It is also an excellent supplementary method (after X-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography) in some diseases of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic organs. The advantage of magnetic resonance imaging over other diagnostic methods is its excellent ability to image soft tissues and changes within them (including blood vessels) and the possibility of obtaining images of layers of individual body parts in any chosen plane.

Thenew MR laboratory at Luxmed has an Optima MR360 Advance Certified MRI with a magnetic field induction of 1.5T. The platform was constructed based on innovative technologies to provide a wide range of high quality MR examinations.

Thanks to pioneering technical solutions and innovative clinical software, the device enables modern, efficient and effective MR diagnostics, including examinations such as:

  • Spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar),
  • Head examination (craniofacial, sinuses),
  • Joint examinations (knee, shoulder, ankle),
  • Soft parts (neck, salivary glands, larynx),
  • Vascular examinations with or without contrast,
  • Abdominal and pelvic cavities (liver, pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands),
  • Liver, biliary tract disorders by MRCP cholangiography,
  • Cerebral artery.

General information about the study

  • Place of examination: Lublin 7 Orkana Street (level -1, building with lift and additional direct entrance for sanitary transport),
  • Testing times: Monday to Saturday by appointment,
  • Waiting time for the result/description of the examination: the patient receives the recording on a CD immediately after the examination, the description of the examination is available up to 10 working days after the examination,
  • Paid examinations are performed without a medical referral,
  • For a FREE examination under the NFZ, a patient must have a referral from a health insurance specialist: from a specialist clinic, rehabilitation clinic, psychiatric clinic, hospital ward, hospital emergency department (SOR) or emergency room. The examination cannot be referred by a family doctor.

Course of the MR examination

During the examination, the patient, in a supine position, is placed within the tunnel of the machine, which has lighting and air conditioning supply. The patient must lie still during the examination, otherwise the images obtained will be blurred and impossible for the radiologist to evaluate. During some examinations (e.g. abdominal and thoracic examinations) the patient must hold his breath for several seconds, as advised by the examining technician. During the examination, within the tunnel, there are various noises, "thumps", which are related to the examination being performed. In order to reduce the intensity of the noise, the patient is given ear stoppers for the duration of the examination.

The examination takes an average of 20 minutes to one hour

Preparation for MR examination (Magnetic Resonance)

  • You will need to bring a referral and proof of identity for both the National Health Service examination and the subscription examination.
  • For a private/paid examination, you must bring your identity document.
  • Before the examination, it is necessary to inform the staff of the diagnostic laboratory about the following: allergy to drugs, renal failure, diabetes, hypertension, diseases such as myeloma, hyperthyroidism and permanent medication.
  • It is necessary to provide information on: implanted pacemaker, insulin pump, past operations including by-pass, stents, metal clips, shrapnel, bullets, metal implants, and claustrophobia - which are absolute or relative contraindications. If the patient has metal implants, it is necessary to determine the type of material or the factory name of the metal implant.
  • You should bring with you the results of previous examinations of the organ under examination (e.g. X-ray, ultrasound, CT, MR).
  • If the subject is taking permanent medication, they should take it normally on the day of the examination.
  • In the case of examination of the abdominal region, it is recommended to take 1-2 tablets of No-spa 15-30 minutes before the examination, drinking still water.
  • MR examination without contrast - no additional preparation or creatinine results required.
  • For: MR examination with contrast, MR examination of the head additionally:

    • no more than 7 days before an MR examination with contrast, the blood creatinine level should be determined,
    • eat your last meal no later than 5 hours before the examination. You can drink still water.
  • For: abdominal MR examination with contrast in addition:

    • no more than 7 days before an MR examination with contrast, the blood creatinine level should be determined,
    • eat your last meal no later than 12 hours before the examination. You can drink still water,
    • before the examination, it is advisable to drink 1-2 glasses of still water.
  • You must report to the facility 30 minutes before your scheduled examination time.
  • The duration of a particular examination is indicative and may vary from patient to patient, due to the need for contrast administration or additional sequences, among other reasons. The stated start time of the examination may therefore be subject to some delay.

Contraindications to the study:

  • Possession of a pacemaker,
  • Surgical, aesthetic and diagnostic invasive procedures within the last 6 weeks,
  • Presence of metal implants (screws, plates, nails)*,
  • Presence of vascular clips (clips on aneurysm), or other post-operative items*,
  • Dentures with metal components (removable dentures, fixed dentures, tooth clamps)*,
  • Ocular prosthesis, foreign bodies in the eyeball (e.g. metal filings)*,
  • First trimester of pregnancy,
  • Contraceptive coil - coil*, relative contraindication, please inform the MR lab technician,
  • Insulin pump or other drug delivery device, neurostimulator or other bio-stimulators,
  • Brackets to stimulate bone growth*,
  • Internal hearing aid or ossicular plastic surgery Cochlear implant*,
  • Artificial valve (ventriculo-venous or ventriculo-peritoneal valve)*,
  • Main conductor filter*,
  • Metal fragments, metal seams*,
  • Claustrophobia - relative contraindication, please inform the MR lab technician,
  • If you are pregnant, please inform the laboratory staff,
  • Weight over 110 kg.

* applies to metals that are ferromagnets.

For some MR examinations, intravenous administration of a contrast agent is necessary to obtain a complete image. The contrast agents used in MRI are not similar to those used in CT scans, angiography and others performed in classical radiology. They are so-called paramagnetics, which do not contain iodine. They cause side effects much less frequently and they are usually minor. Contrast agents are not administered in pregnancy or in severe renal insufficiency.

It is necessary to book an appointment in advance:

  • e-Reservation
  • By telephone: 81 532 37 11
  • In person at any CM Luxmed location

The examination is performed in persons over 16 years of age in the CM Luxmed facility in Lublin, 7 Orkana Street.

Theduration of a particular examination is indicative and may vary from patient to patient due to, among other things, the need for contrast administration or additional sequences. The booked start time of the
examination may therefore be subject to some delay.