MRI is an imaging procedure using strong magnetic fields and radio waves. It is also called nuclear spin tomography. Unlike computed tomography (CT), it does not involve radiation exposure. Similar to CT, radiologists create detailed, three-dimensional cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. The method is painless.
MRI takes advantage of the fact that if a strong magnet is applied to the human body, its water molecules (hydrogen atoms, to be precise) arrange themselves in parallel. When radio waves hit these parallel hydrogen nuclei, their orientation changes. After the radio wave pulse subsides, they return to their initial parallel position. The extent of this deflection can be recorded and a computer can convert the data into layered images.
By means of these MRI images, doctors can diagnose diseases and injuries of organs, soft tissues and other tissues very well. Hard structures such as bones or joints can also be displayed. Depending on their water content, the structures and tissues appear lighter or darker on the MRI images.
Radiologists often work with a contrast medium containing gadolinium, which they inject into the vein. This enables them to distinguish different tissues even better, for example in the case of tumors, inflammation, signs of wear and tear, or injuries.
In neuroradiology MRI is used to diagnose a wide variety of diseases and injuries. Some examples:
Magnetic resonance imaging can also be combined with other examination methods. One example is positron emission tomography (PET-MRI, e.g. for cancer).
Our clinic is an internationally renowned institution in the field of image-guided diagnostics and minimally invasive treatment. We examine and treat diseases of the brain, the spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system and their associated organs (eyes, auditory, vestibular, etc.), as well as adjacent structures of the head, neck and spine.
At the Department of Neuroradiology, we use the latest methods, equipment and imaging techniques. We work together closely with the referring clinics and create an individual examination concept for each patient to offer the best possible diagnostics to everyone.
As a patient, you cannot register directly for a consultation. Please have your primary care physician or specialist refer you. If you have any questions, please contact the scheduling office.
Register your patient for an MRI appointment through the online form or through an e-mail to the scheduling office.