Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)    

Magnetic resonance imaging, sometimes also called magnetic resonance tomography, is a process that provides sectional images of the body in any plane, with high contrast of the different soft tissues and good spatial resolution. Unlike computed tomography (CT), MRI is not based on X-ray images and is excellently suited to producing images of the following regions of the body:

    Spinal cord    
    Intervertebral discs    
    Vertebral column    
    Joints and soft tissues (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, foot, muscles and tendons, etc.)    
    Blood vessels (from head to toe – blood vessel deformities in the head, constrictions of the carotid arteries, thoracic aorta, abdominal aorta, renal arteries, blood vessels in the hips and legs)    
    Bile ducts (MRCP) – test for stones    
    Kidneys and adrenal glands    
    Uterus and ovaries    

Breast (MR mammography)





For certain diagnostic procedures, depending on the type of condition involved, an MR agent has to be injected intravenously. For this purpose, current blood count values for creatinine and GFR (glomerular filtration rate) are required.


      MRI scans CANNOT be performed on patients with any of the following:    
      Absolute contraindications:    
    Heart pacemaker    
    Insulin pump    
    Aneurysm clips, blood vessel clips, artificial heart valves (except valve implants that are safe for MRI; written documentation is required = implant ID card)    
    Metal fragments in the eye area    
    Temporary vena cava filter    
      Relative contraindications:    
    Cochlea implant: Written approval from the surgeon who carried out the implantation is required in all cases    
    1st to 13th week of pregnancy    
    Joint endoprosthesis, artificial heart valve, shunt (e.g. Codman shunt), blood vessel clip: Please be prepared to show your implant ID card    
    Removable dentures or dental braces, hearing aids, hair clasps, piercings, jewellery, mobile phone, wristwatch, spectacles, credit cards, metal in clothing, belts, mascara    
    Large tattoos – risk of up to 2nd degree burns    
    Please inform the MR assistant if you have permanent make-up, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are anaemic    


Fasting (no food or drink) for four hours prior to an MRI scan of the abdomen (liver, cholangiography, pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands) and blood creatinine test.



MRI information at

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or neck region
Kidney X-ray
Vein X-ray
Digital mammography
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