What is CT scan and MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Pacemaker & Co.
Patients with pacemakers, implanted automatic defibrillators and some older artificial heart valves and inner ear implants cannot be examined by MRI. On the other hand, the following are usually no obstacles to an MRI examination:

  • organic and most recent artificial heart valves
  • implanted drug pumps
  • metallic vascular clips or vascular prostheses
  • Metal implants such as nails, plates and prostheses in bones and joints

If you have documents for a metallic implant, we ask you to bring them with you for the examination.

Put down objects containing metal!
Before entering the examination room for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, magnetic resonance imaging), you must put down all objects that could contain metal: money, keys, jewelry, watches, glasses, hearing aids, removable dentures, etc. Check and chip cards are also not allowed in the Close to the magnet, otherwise they could become unusable. The strong magnetic field of the MRI is always in operation, even if no measurements are being made!

Metal splinters in the fabric
Metal splinters firmly fixed in the tissue also pose no danger during the MRI, but the examination must not be carried out if such metal splinters are in or near the nervous system, the lungs, the eye or blood vessels.

In all of these cases, you must inform us prior to the investigation. Our experienced staff and doctors are at your side in case of doubt with advice and action.

Pregnancy: In the first 3 months of pregnancy, no MRI should be done.

Who Can't Get an MRI Scan?

Patients with medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, brain pacemakers, older heart valves or certain pain pumps can usually not be examined with an MRI scan, as there could be risks for the patient. If you are wearing a medical device and do not know whether you can have an MRI scan, please contact us. We will try to clarify this with you.