- MRI (MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING)
- CT (COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY)
- MAMMOGRAPHY AND MRI BREAST
- STRESS TEST
Helicopteros Sanitarios Hospital is the first hospital in Marbella to offer our consultants and patients access to a brand new diagnostic imaging facility with the latest technology.
We provide the most advanced systems, such as Optima CT660 , Signa Voyager MRI, 64-slice CT, digital radiography, ultrasound.
We offer specialized radiology team with years of experience. This high degree of training ensures that each patient receives the most accurate professional diagnosis interpretation.
You will receive your tests results in a CD on the same day. So you can present it to your doctor immediately.
There is very little preparation required, if any, before an MRI scan.
On arrival at the hospital, doctors may ask the patient to change into a gown. As magnets are used, it is critical that no metal objects are present in the scanner. The doctor will ask the patient to remove any metal jewellery or accessories that might interfere with the machine.
A person will probably be unable to have an MRI if they have any metal inside their body, such as bullets, shrapnel, or other metallic foreign bodies. This can also include medical devices, such as cochlear implants,aneurysm clips, and pacemakers.
Individuals who are anxious or nervous about enclosed spaces should tell their doctor. Often they can be given medication prior to the MRI to help make the procedure more comfortable.
Patients will sometimes receive an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast liquid to improve the visibility of a particular tissue that is relevant to the scan.
The radiologist, a doctor who specializes in medical images, will then talk the individual through the MRI scanning process and answer any questions they may have about the procedure.
Once the patient has entered the scanning room, the doctor will help them onto the scanner table to lie down. Staff will ensure that they are as comfortable as possible by providing blankets or cushions.
Earplugs or headphones will be provided to block out the loud noises of the scanner. The latter is popular with children, as they can listen to music to calm any anxiety during the procedure.
Once in the scanner, the MRI technician will communicate with the patient via the intercom to make sure that they are comfortable. They will not start the scan until the patient is ready.
During the scan, it is vital to stay still. Any movement will disrupt the images, much like a camera trying to take a picture of a moving object. Loud clanging noises will come from the scanner. This is perfectly normal. Depending on the images, at times it may be necessary for the person to hold their breath.
If the patient feels uncomfortable during the procedure, they can speak to the MRI technician via the intercom and request that the scan be stopped.
After the scan, the radiologist will examine the images to check whether any more are required. If the radiologist is satisfied, the patient can go home.
The radiologist will prepare a report for the requesting doctor. Patients are usually asked to make an appointment with their doctor to discuss the results.
MRI scans vary from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on what part of the body is being analyzed and how many images are required.
If, after the first MRI scan, the images are not clear enough for the radiologist, they may ask the patient to undergo a second scan straight away.
Although braces and fillings are unaffected by the scan, they may distort certain images. The doctor and technician will discuss this beforehand. The MRI scan may take longer if additional images are required.
It is important to stay as still as possible while in the MRI scanner. Any movement will distort the scanner and, therefore, the images produced will be blurry. In particularly long MRI scans, the MRI technician may allow a short break halfway through the procedure.
The doctor and radiologist will be able to talk the patient through the whole procedure and address any anxieties. MRI scanners are available in some locations for certain body parts to help patients who have claustrophobia.
A person can take medication prior to the test to ease anxiety.
A contrast dye can improve diagnostic accuracy by highlighting certain tissues.
Some patients may need to have a contrast agent injected before the scan.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Let a doctor know about the pregnancy before the scan. There have been relatively few studies on the effect of MRI scans on pregnancy. However, guidelines published in 2016 have shed more light on the issue.
Typically, doctors do not recommend contrast material for women who are pregnant.
MRI scans should be restricted during the first trimester unless the information is considered essential. MRI scans during the second and third trimester are safe at 3.0 tesla (T) or less. The tesla is a measurement of magnetic strength.
The guidelines also state that exposure to MRI during the first trimester is not linked to long-term consequences and should not raise clinical concerns.