Whole body MRI

In June 2013 we instaled a high field whole body MRI scanner to examine the whole body in at least 40 minutes.

Caused by the new design of the scanner with an extanded diameter of the gantry we are able to examine claustrophobic patients.

The new scanner offers a maximum of space and comfort.


Caution: Whole body MRI will not be payed by german health insurance. 

Since june 2013 a second, fully digital whole-body MRI scanner is available in Sonnenstraße 17.

In addition to the established scanner system it was installed as “open bore” system that offers patients a maximum of space and comfort.

Thanks to ultra-fast imaging acquisition a whole-body examination is manageable in approximately 40 minutes.

In contrast to computed tomography patients are not exposed to ionizing radiation.

Please note: Whole-body MRI is generally not covered by medical insurance. Therefore, cost take over by insurance needs to be clarified in advance.

With the use of whole-body MRI (WB-MRI) comprehensive imaging of the total body anatomy is possible within a single examination and without application of ionizing radiation on the patient. Therefore, it is a sensible alternative to the established and often time-consuming, multi-modal imaging approaches of tumor disases with potential systemic manifestations. Recent technical innovations make whole-body imaging possible within a tolerable scan time of approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on the examination protocol. And yet, no compromises have to be made in terms of imaging quality in comparison to dedicated MRI exams.

Initial studies have described a potential role of WB-MRI within individual disease screening programs through the detection of therapeutically relevant, yet accidental oncologic findings. Various studies have indicated that WB-MRI is of use for tumor staging and can detect or exclude tumor recurrence of different origin with high diagnostic accuracy. Especially organ metastases in the liver, the skeleton and brain are easier detectable than with concurring imaging procedures, so that WB-MRI may prove itself in practice, especially for staging of breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

As bone marrow is directly imaged by MRI, it is highly sensitive for imaging of hematologic diseases, such as Muliple myeloma, especially in the case of diffuse or multifocal tumor infiltration. Here, it has a substantial relevance for prognosis and therapeutic decisions and has been incorporated into the staging system of Multiple myeloma.

 

MRI-scanner

The whole body MRI scanner is placed in the brandnew part of the radiology department in the Sonnenstraße 17 (third floor)

whole body MRI

whole body MRI image (please click to enlarge)