MRI Scan

The MRI machine at Parklane is a new state-of-the-art Toshiba Elan 1,5T scanner with specialized breast, cardiac and paediatric capabilities.

Definition of MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a cross-sectional imaging scan similar to CT except that images are created by using magnetic fields to assess the differences in various organs and the diseases within them. The patient enters a short tunnel where the large magnet is situated, and a number of scans are obtained of the area of interest. The MRI scan is the best examination for most Brain disorders, Spinal problems, Joint Injuries, Breast cancer, gynaecological cancers and many other conditions

MRI Scan Cost

MRI scans are relatively expensive compared with x-rays, ultrasounds and mammograms. However, when there is the correct indication and appropriate referral from a specialist, many Medical Aids will cover the cost.

Cash paying patients will pay between R4500 and R10000 per scan depending on type of scan and need for specialized contrast.  

MRI Brain Scan

The MRI scan is able to demonstrate the different structures of the brain far better than CT scan. It is used to look for Strokes, Tumors, Multiple Sclerosis, Aneurysms, Dementias and many other neurological conditions

Sometimes intravenous contrast in injected to assist in disease identification

 

MRI Scan of the Spine

There is no better test than MRI to show the intervertebral discs, the spinal cord and the nerves arising from it.

Symptoms such as sciatica (pain in the buttocks and leg) indicate the compression of nerves arising from the lumbar (lower back) spinal cord.  Similarly, pain and tingling in the arms may be due to compressed nerves in the cervical (neck) spine.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men worldwide. If caught early the prognosis is good. MRI scan of the prostate has become extremely useful both in terms of diagnosis and staging of disease.

 

MRI of the Joints

MRI is used to evaluate acute and chronic injuries of the knees,shoulders,ankles,elbows and wrists. The Toshiba Elan produces exceptionally high quality images of the muskuloskeletal system, and the scans are interpreted by a dedicated muskuloskeletal radiologist.