MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans
An MRI scan gets detailed and precise information about one certain part of the body, which needs to be examined. MRIs are most commonly taken with joint injuries, neurological symptoms, back issues and accidents.
When to get an MRI scan?
An MRI scan is an established imaging method and the procedure is based on the water in the magnetic field, in the radio waves and in humans.
An MRI scan is used for examining:
- musculoskeletal disorders and accidents
- the head and neck area
- the stomach area
- the breasts
- cardiovascular diseases
The price of an MRI scan
The prices of imaging examinations can be seen in a separate price list. If needed, you can ask more from our customer service (look at: booking a time for an MRI).
How does an MRI scan happen?
The examination is safe and painless, no radiation is used. The examination lasts about 30 to 45 minutes.
In an MRI scan the patient lays down in the position they need to be imaged in and should stay completely still. The machine can make strong sounds during the examination. To protect the patient’s hearing, headphones with the ability to listen to music are provided. Precise images of the part of the body under examination will be taken in two or three perpendicular directions opposite each other. The examination uses devices, that contain coils capable of receiving radio waves, which are placed around the area of the body being studied.
Booking a time for an MRI scan
A doctor’s referral is needed before getting a time for an MRI scan. Getting Kela compensation for the MRI scan requires a specialist’s referral.
You can book a time for the most common MRI scans online through our website’s booking service. The examinations, which can be booked are MRI scans of the knee, ankle, lumbar spine and cervical spine. MRI scans for other parts of the body, can be booked either in one of Mehiläinen’s clinics or by calling our customer service number at 010 414 00 (open every day from 6am to 22pm). You will get information about how to prepare for the MRI scan while booking the time.
Did you know, that Mehiläinen also has full service MRI trucks in use?
Results of the MRI scan
A radiology specialist will give a written statement about the examination based on the preliminary information given by the doctor who directed the patient to the scan, results of the MRI scan and possible old images, which can be compared to the new ones. This statement will be available to the doctor treating you in Mehiläinen right away.
The images from the scan as well as the statements can also be seen in the OmaMehiläinen app after the doctor treating you confirms them or at the latest 3 to 14 days after the examination.
Restrictions with MRI scans
MRI scans should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. Also, MRI scans cannot often be done if you have
- a heart pacemaker
- electrical implants for ex. ear implants
- foreign metallic objects in the body
- a rare kidney disease.