MRI examination

One of a kind in the Benelux

Our centre is unique in that it has both an open Hitachi 1.2-tesla MRI scanner and a closed ultra-silent Canon 3-tesla MRI scanner with the widest and shortest tunnel available on the market.

Open MRI scanner

The open Hitachi 1.2-tesla MRI scanner is completely open to the sides, which means there is no tunnel, just an open scanning field, giving patients a full view of their surroundings. With this type of scanner, claustrophobic patients can be scanned without anaesthesia. This setup is also much more spacious, making it a great solution for obese patients and people who are unable to lie flat, e.g. due to a disability. Even small children who cannot be scanned without anaesthesia in closed MRI systems can undergo an MRI examination in our centre, because an accompanying parent can stay with the child right next to the scanner.

Closed MRI scanner

The closed 3-tesla ultra-silent MRI scanner with an extra wide tunnel (71 cm) is also suitable for both claustrophobic and obese patients. In addition to more space for the patient, we've also taken into account the amount of noise generated by the scanner, as this can contribute significantly to the claustrophobic feeling some patients experience in regular MRI scanners. In this scanner, the noise level can be reduced to 63 decibels, thanks to a unique technology (Pianissimo™ Zen technology). The MR Theatre option, which will soon be available in our centre as a first in Europe, further helps alleviate the patient's anxiety and claustrophobia, for instance by showing a relaxing video during the examination. A high field strength of 3 tesla is used in the examinations, in order to obtain superior imaging and resolution.

Private centre with a very relaxed and homely atmosphere – ZEN

For claustrophobic patients, anxiety and the variety of sounds play an important role. That's why they receive intensive support from our staff. Upon the patient's explicit request, we also allow them to be accompanied by someone who stays with them in the examination room, right next to the MRI scanner.

MRI examinations are not possible in the following cases:

  • Patients with magnetic or electrical medical devices (such as pacemakers, neurostimulators or a cochlear implant) cannot undergo MRI examinations in our open MRI scanner. However, patients with pacemakers or defibrillators can use our closed scanner, provided that they have consulted their cardiologist to confirm the MRI compatibility of their medical device and to have it properly configured (deactivated).
  • In case of metal splinters in the eye. If you have any doubts, you should have an X-ray taken before the MRI examination.
  • It is not possible to undergo an MRI examination within 6 weeks after surgery. You can have an MRI examination with a joint prosthesis if you've had it for more than 6 weeks. However, you must indicate this in the questionnaire prior to the examination.
  • In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult your physician to make sure this is really necessary in the first 12 weeks.