MRI

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The MRI machines at GIC are best in the industry with 3 Tesla (highest magnet strength) and 48 Channels (maximum receiving power) to ensure best of image quality, advanced applications, fastest speed of scanning, and maximum patient comfort.

What does "MRI" stand for and how does it work?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI uses the principle of magnetic resonance. Using the natural magnetic property of our body, the MRI machine is able to form images that help us diagnose the problem.

Why is MRI such a good modality?

MRI allows us to exquisitely see different parts of the body. In the brain, it allows us to differentiate between different areas. In the spine, MRI is the only modality that allows us to see the spinal cord. In joints, MRI allows us to view the internal parts of the joints, including ligaments, tendons and menisci. It also allows evaluation of various cardiac structures, as well as functional imaging of various parts of the brain.

MRI does all this by sectioning the body in different planes. Just as it is necessary to slice a loaf of bread to know the quality of the slices, so also, MRI allows us to section the body to view its inner parts. Thus, the skull X-ray only shows us the outer part, whereas MRI shows us the inner parts of the brain.

Where is MRI useful?

All parts of the body can be scanned with MRI, but it is most useful in the brain, spine, bones, joints and the heart. It also has specific uses in other parts like the chest, abdomen and pelvis. For each part, there are specific indications or reasons for scanning. The referring doctor and the consultant radiologist are the best judges of the usefulness of MRI scanning in a specific situation and area

What are the standard instructions that the patient should follow?

  • Please get all the old X-ray, Sonography, CT and MR films along with the other papers, operative notes, discharge cards, etc. relevant to the case.
  • There should, preferably be an accompanying friend/ relative.