Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Capitol Medical Center continues to ensure that their patients receive world-class healthcare. The institution acquired a new MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, the Philips Ingenia 1.5T, is the first fully digital MRI machine in the Philippines. It offers a faster, more precise diagnosis.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging is the standard global diagnostic tool and the most modern non-invasive state-of-the-art diagnostic modality used by physicians to obtain vital information about a patient to guide them in their treatment. MRI utilizes magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to generate multi-planar images of the body.

Capitol Medical Center’s Philips Ingenia 1.5Tesla provides the largest and the most homogeneous field of view in a commercial 70cm wide bore system & an excellent combination of magnet homogeneity & gradient performance. The new MRI system architecture delivers crystal clear images, remarkable speed and technology that makes radiofrequency upgrades a thing of the past.

When are MRI scans used?

An MRI scan can be used as an extremely accurate method of disease detection throughout the body and is most often used after the other testing fails to provide sufficient information to confirm a patient's diagnosis. In the head, trauma to the brain can be seen as bleeding or swelling. Other abnormalities often found include brain aneurysms, stroke, tumors of the brain, as well as tumors or inflammation of the spine.

Neurosurgeons use an MRI scan not only in defining brain anatomy but in evaluating the integrity of the spinal cord after trauma. It is also used when considering problems associated with the vertebrae or intervertebral discs of the spine. An MRI scan can evaluate the structure of the heart and aorta, where it can detect aneurysms or tears.

MRI scans are not the first line of imaging test for these issues or in cases of trauma. It provides valuable information on glands and organs within the abdomen, and accurate information about the structure of the joints, soft tissues, and bones of the body. Often, surgery can be deferred or more accurately directed after knowing the results of an MRI scan.