MRI Services

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitorand transmitted electronically to your referring doctor. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases. Source: RadiologyInfo

Our MR equipment significantly boosts our practice’s capacity to better and more timeously diagnose various medical conditions, including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular diseases and organ diseases. Our Radiology practice is fitted with the latest high-end software, allowing for many new clinical applications to increase referring doctors’ confidence when diagnosing and treating their patients.

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Branches: Greenacres, St Georges, Mercantile, Uitenhage
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MRI Safety

An MRI contains a powerful magnet, and great care must be taken at all times. You must inform the radiographer if you have any metal or metal implants in your body. Patients with Cochlear implants and/or some Cardiac pacemakers may not be scanned in an MRI scanner.

The following may pose a risk:

  • Some artificial heart valves
  • Metal fragments in the eye
  • Implanted electronic devices (insulin pump, nerve stimulators)
  • Some metallic prostheses (most are MRI friendly)
  • Aneurysm clips (intracranial)

Preparing for the procedure

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI scan may vary according to the specific scan that you will have. It is a good idea to enquire about it when making your appointment. The radiologist will have to know if you have any severe health problems, what surgery you may have had and any allergies. All females should inform the radiographer if there is any possibility that they might be pregnant. You will be asked to change into a gown. Metal and electronic objects are not allowed in the examination room. A locker will be provided to lock these items away. Restricted items include:


  • Jewellery and watches
  • Hairpins
  • Pocket knives, firearms or any other weapons
  • Pens
  • Lighters
  • Wallets, Credit cards and coins
  • Hearing aids
  • Cellular phones
  • Etc.

What to expect during the scan

The MRI scanner makes a noise, but the scans are painless. Soft pads or earplugs will be provided to protect your hearing. You will need to keep still for the scan duration as it is sensitive to any movement. Scans vary in duration between 8 – 45 min. The radiologist or referring doctor may request that contrast media be used. This is a colour dye that we may inject intravenously during the scan. It is not done routinely but may be necessary to enhance specific anatomical structures.