Magnetic Resonance Tomography

The Magnetic Resonance Tomography (MRT), where radio waves are used instead of x-rays, produces top-quality pictures of individual organs and body regions. In particular cases, MRT captures the location and extent of infection clearer than conventional x-rays. This is particularly useful in detection and interpretation of pathological processes in brain, spine, joints and soft parts, MRT is much more accurate and significant in comparison with x-ray procedures.

Which side effects can occur?
Risks and side effects of the currently used MRT’s are not fully known. The magnetic field and radio waves do not burden the body. Occasionally, the contrast agents applied in this procedure can lead to slight reactions such as nausea or short-term taste paraesthesia.

Implants (e.g. heart pacemaker, automatic insulin pump, metallic prosthesis) can be damaged as a result of the screening process and cause injury.. It is therefore very important that you state this in any documentation and also bring this to the attention of the assistant! The screening will only be undertaken if the implants of the patient are not ferromagnetic, that is do not contain iron, cobalt or nickel.

Endoprostheses (e.g. knee or hip) or osteosynthetic material should not cause problems as long as they are installed securely.

Before the examination
Because metal parts can lead to accidents in the magnetic field, please take off following items before entering the examination room:
  • watch, jewellery, glasses, retainer, hearing aid, metal parts of clothing (e.g. belts)
  • cards with metal strips (e.g. check card, mobile phone, health-insurance card)
  • keys, coins, hair grips and other items contained metal
During the examination
...visual contact is obtained the whole time. Please lie relaxed and calm. Do not be distressed by any knocking noises which will occur during the measurement.