MRI Screening, Radiologicum Munich

More questions and answers about MRI

Is MRI suitable for examination of the heart? 

Since magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a gentle procedure, it has greatly expanded the spectrum in the diagnosis of heart diseases. With the help of modern high-performance MRI units, we can record images of every plane of the heart and assemble these into three-dimensional images without any exposure to radiation or pain.

In this way, we obtain detailed information on the size of the heart, all heart interiors, the thickness of the heart walls, the structure and function of the heart valves, blood flow to the heart muscle and the capacity of the heart.

This examination is offered in Radiology Isar Medical Centre.

What does the term "MRCP" represent? 

MRCP means "Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography" and is the technical term for an MRI examination of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. It is an additional examination to that of the liver.

Until now, the diagnosis of lesions of the biliary duct and the pancreatic duct was mainly completed utilising the so-called ERCP (Endoscopic Retrogade Cholangiopancreatography) in which the investigation takes place by means of an endoscope. ERCP is an invasive procedure - which means it requires a direct intrusion into the body.

With the help of the MRCP, a non-invasive procedure is now available that can gently and safely diagnose, for example, biliary stasis due to a gallstone.

Is the MRI suitable for diagnosing cancer?  

Many benign and malignant tumors can be detected gently and safely with MRI. In some cases, however, other or further investigations are needed.

MRI is one of the most important research methods in suspected malignancy of the muscles, bones, central nervous system (head and spine), the abdominal organs and the female pelvic organs. MRI also makes sense for prostate-cancer screening since even the smallest changes in tissue structure can be reliably detected and evaluated.

Another example is the so-called Breast MRI, which also provides excellent diagnostic results. It is usually used in addition to mammography and sonography (ultrasound) of the female breast. When mammography or ultrasound findings are not clear, this examination may be crucial in determining the therapy.

What is the difference between MRI and CT? 

In contrast to computer tomography (CT), which utilises X-rays, MRI generates tomograms of the body using magnetic fields and radio waves. Thus patients are not exposed to radiation during an MRI. This examination enables a view of the body from all directions.

The radiation-free MRI is often portrayed as a rival to CT. However, we see the two methods as complementary diagnostic measures. Depending on the region to be examined, diagnostic questions, personal situation of the patient etc., the attending physician and our radiologists decide which diagnostic method is best suited for each individual case.

For example, in emergency situations or with unsettled patients a CT is the preferred examination method since it provides a diagnosis within a few minutes. However, examination by magnetic resonance imaging takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.

The MRI scan is usually used for the following:

  • For better differentiation of soft tissue, joint structures, breast tissue, brain and nerves
  • Investigation of children and young adults (due to the lack of radiation exposure)
  • In case of allergy to iodinated radiographic contrast agents

MRI examinations are offered here 

MRI examinations will be offered at the following locations of radiologicum Munich: