Wide Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Full Body MRI Scan
As MRI scans do not utilise radiation, the process is completely safe for patients of all ages, including in pregnancy. Having to lie down still may result in a degree of discomfort which can be alleviated with rapid acquisition images, proper position and adequate padding. Here at Melbourne Radiology Clinic, we offer full body scan MRI screening services.
What Happens During A Full Body MRI Scan?
A full body scan will typically take 60 minutes during which the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis are imaged, as well as the adjacent portions of the upper and lower limbs.
Keeping extremely still during the full body MRI scan is important as movements can affect the quality of the images. The technician (radiographer) will keep in close contact with you via a speaker system in order to keep you informed of the progress of the scan, as well as provide you with the opportunity to give any feedback. You can avail of noise-cancelling earphones so you can relax and block out any sounds from the machine.
Do I Need To Prepare For An MRI Scan?
No preparation is required for a full body MRI scan. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand. You need to remember to remove external metallic devices beforehand as well as not apply eye make-up as this can degrade image quality.
If you are claustrophobic or anxious about being in small/confined spaces, we ask that you let us know about this in advance so that we can make arrangements with providing a relaxing ambience in the scanner using music of your choice. Rarely, a light sedative to make the experience more comfortable for you may be provided however you must let our staff know at the time of booking so that you are advised to attend earlier so that it may take effect.
You will be provided with a buzzer during the scan regardless which you can press to instruct our team to stop the scan if it all gets a bit too much for you.
Melbourne Radiology Clinic – Your Local Specialists in MRI Imaging Services
If you require an MRI scan, including a full body MRI scan in Melbourne, then Melbourne Radiology Clinic are your local medical imaging specialists, with an expert imaging services MRI scan team. Other than MRI scans, We also offer examinations including MRI scan for knee injury, MRI & X-ray for shoulder injury, achilles tendon tear mri & many other diagnostic radiological services in Melbourne.
Contact us today to book your MRI scan appointment and we can assist you further with your enquiry.
Balancing Efficacy and Comfort.
Among the diagnostic imaging equipment used in radiology, MRI is hailed as the best type of radiological scan. But even with its advantages over other imaging machines, its traditional diagnostic equipment still has its downsides.
Standard closed bore MRI machines, while producing excellent imaging quality and possessing superior speed and magnet strength, have made some patients feel claustrophobic during the MRI scan procedure. Large patients also have difficulty fitting in its narrow opening. Open MRI systems solve these specific patient discomforts, but they deliver reduced imaging quality due to decreased field strength, and they take longer to perform.
Wide bore MRI strikes the perfect balance between efficacy and patient comfort, delivering higher magnet strength, shorter procedure time, and excellent imaging quality when compared with an open bore MRI, and providing more space than a closed bore system. This incredible technology no longer requires choosing between quality and comfort— because it can provide both.
MRI Does Not Use Radiation
Wide Bore MRI Technology.
The open space in the middle of an MRI machine is referred to as the bore. The wide bore machine has a bore size of 70 centimetres in diameter which is 10 centimetres larger than that of the conventional closed bore MRI scanner. It may seem like a small change, but it has made a huge difference in providing comfortable medical imaging services to various patients.
Scanning for a Wider Demographic.
A wide or large bore MRI scanner provides a better, comfortable experience for clients. Its improved accessibility also effectively accommodates larger-sized patients, claustrophobes, and people with mobility issues— groups who would not have been able to undergo a traditional MRI scan.
Less movement is required during an MRI scan to produce accurate imaging. However, the claustrophobic nature of traditional closed bore MRI machines make patients more nervous and fidgety during the procedure, causing errors and retakes resulting in the procedure taking longer.
With the wide bore providing greater space and comfort during MRI scans, not only will it provide accurate results, but will also decrease the usual amount of time patients remain in the scanner for repeat scans.
Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging needs of their patients and whether a wide bore MRI is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.