MRI 3 Tesla

The first 3 Tesla in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The 3 Tesla MRI machine provides very high resolution images that are superior in image quality especially in the breast, musculoskeletal system and brain. Vascular imaging is also markedly improved on a 3 Tesla MRI. Whole body scans for the detection of the spread of cancer can also be done. In addition it has a 70cm bore making it more spacious and comfortable for patients.

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a sophisticated form of imaging that produces a cross sectional view of the internal structures of the body. The test does not involve X-rays, but utilizes a strong magnetic field instead, and consists of a circular scanner through which the patient passes on a table. The scanner sends in radio frequency pulses to the patient where it is absorbed by various tissues within the body. The radio frequency pulse is then returned back to the scanner allowing the MRI computer to reconstruct an image which is representative of the internal architecture of the body.

There are a variety of disorders which are amenable to investigation with MRI such as disorders of the brain and spine. The findings of an MRI scan often complement those identified by other imaging studies such as ultrasound or CT (computed tomography) scan. The precise role for MRI scanning for patients with various gastrointestinal tract disorders is also continuing to develop.

MRI is particularly useful in identifying early stroke. Stroke patients may now be successfully treated if certain criteria are met, especially within the FIRST THREE HOURS of onset of symptoms.

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