Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Entirely radiation-free – magnetic resonance imaging, also called nuclear spin tomography, is particularly well-suited for examining infants, children and pregnant women. With this imaging technique cross sections of the human body can be visualized to evaluate organs and pathological organ alterations. The MRI images are created by electromagnetic impulses. Very strong magnetic fields as well as magnetic alternating fields trigger certain atomic nuclei in the body and thus create an electric signal.
The application focus of MRIs is the depiction of the central nervous system, joints, and soft tissue processes. In that, for a precise diagnosis, we benefit from very good soft tissue contrasts due to the diversity of the fat and water content of the various tissue types. But even more accuracy is obtained by two sets of images, one with and one without the use of contrast media. With a more intensive white coloration we can clearly detect inflammatory foci or even vital tumor tissue. In addition, with new, faster imaging techniques we can scan individual cross sections in fractions of a second and thus obtain true real time data, which provide even more advantages: for example, this allows us to visualize organ movements and monitor the position of medical instruments during a surgical procedure.