Magnetic Resonance

Magnetic Resonance

Magnetic resonance imaging – an important instrument in early diagnosis

The quality and precision of magnetic resonance imaging can play a decisive role in early diagnosis of illnesses and pathological changes. Therefore, it is being increasingly widely used in contemporary medicine. However, good apparatus alone does not guarantee quality imaging results, because the qualifications of the specialists, i.e. the radiologists and assistant radiologists operating the apparatus. It is they who are responsible for noticing and analyzing any anatomical abnormalities and for reaching conclusions and an opinion about the imaging.

What is magnetic resonance?

Magnetic resonance (MR) or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most precise and advance contemporary visual diagnostics methods, which can be used to obtain detailed cross-sectional and multidimensional images of a truly diverse range of human internal organs and body parts. This makes it possible to discover illnesses or pathological changes within the body even during the earliest stages of their development.

MR imaging, during which the patient is located within special apparatus and is subjected to the impact of magnetic fields and radio waves, is non-invasive and painless. Moreover, in most cases it provides specialists with much more information than ultrasonography or computed tomography.

Depending on the computed imaging method, the MR is not subjected to ionizing (X-ray) radiation. Therefore, it can be performed repeatedly with no reason to worry that it could harm the patient’s health.

Imaging takes place by impacting magnetic fields and radio waves that are harmless to human health. Afterwards, the information obtained is received by the relevant sensors and processed using special computer software responsible for creative digital images.

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Which parts of the body can be examined?

With MR apparatus, it is possible to obtain images of any part of the body. Therefore, MRI is used to examine a wide range of organs, particularly if other methods have not provided the information required.

At the AIWA Clinic, we perform magnetic resonance imaging on:

  • the head and brain;
  • the spine and spinal cord;
  • the skeleton and soft tissue;
  • blood vessels.

Viewing images of human organs, made using MR equipment in real time mode, one can also assess how well they are performing their functions. Examinations can also be conducted to ascertain when blood circulation is been impaired in any organs or blood vessels. Thanks to the quality and precision of images, MRI can play a decisive role in early diagnosis of diseases and pathological changes. MR imaging performed in a timely manner and treatment commenced early can prevent many serious and unpleasant diseases.

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When should undergo imaging?

MR imaging can be useful to anybody who wants to examine their state of health, in the event that they have complains about head, back, joint or other types of aches and pains. Likewise, MR imaging can help to provide a diagnosis if there concerns about the onset of oncological disease.

There is no need to make a special appointment for MR imaging performed by doctors who are radiologists. This is a paid service offered by many clinics in Latvia, but it is important to understand that prior consultation with your General Practitioner or a specialist in the respective field can only be beneficial.

The human body is a large and complex structure. Therefore, before performing the procedure, the radiologist needs to know what examinations should be performed on which parts of the body and why.

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