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: