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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines a powerful magnet with sensitive radio wave transmitting and receiving antennas and powerful computers to produce cross sectional images of the human body without the use of x-rays.

WDC providesan open MRI diagnostic service at the new center in front of Commercial Printing Press, Addis Ababa.

This machine combines clear images of MRI with the comfort and convenience of an open MRI 0.35 Magnisium C. Wide-bore MRI is especially valuable for patients who have trouble accessing the table and those who are claustrophobic or too large to fit comfortably in another MRI machines.

The benefits of 0.35 Open MRI includes

  • Helps patients feel less restricted and claustrophobic through its unique design
  • Applies motion compensation software to ensure exquisite images
  • Lowers to 50cm for easy patient access
  • Performs exams feet first to reduce patient anxiety
  • Employs positioning pads for added comfort
  • State of the art advanced applications
  • Excellent imaging performance – strong gradients & 4 independent receive channels

Excellent patient comfort

  • Small pole diameter, 270°patient access
  • Comfortable patient table for up to 200 kg patient weight
  • 2 open dimensions allow for kinematic studies

Patient safety tips prior to MRI procedure

Because of the strong magnetic field used during the exam, certain conditions may prevent you from having an MRI procedure. When scheduling your appointment and prior to your exam, please alert our staff and technologist to the following conditions that may apply to you. The radiology staff will let then let you know whether you can have the MRI exam and whether the exam needs to be modified for your particular condition.

  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Claustrophobia
  • History of kidney problems
  • Skin tattoos
  • Neurostimulators (TENS-unit)
  • Implanted drug infusion device (i.e., insulin pump)
  • Exposure of metal fragments to your eye
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear implants
  • Metallic implants and prosthesis
  • Vascular stent or stent graft
  • History as a metal worker
  • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
  • Dorsal column stimulators
  • Allergy to iodine, or gadolinium
  • Other conditions you believe to be relevant

What can I expect during my MRI scan?

  • The duration of the procedure will vary but the average is 45 minutes to one hour per body part.
  • You will be required to lie still during the actual MR scanning. Depending on the body part that is being examined, you may be instructed to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds.
  • The magnet is permanently open on both ends. It is well lit and there is a fan for patient comfort. There is also a two way intercom system for communication between patient and technologist. The part of the body being scanned will be placed in the middle of the magnet.
  • During the actual imaging, you will hear a loud intermittent banging noise. You will be provided with earplugs or head phones to minimize the noise during the procedure.
  • The technologist will also provide you with an alarm button to alert the technologist of any discomfort you may experience at any point during the MRI exam.
  • Some MRI exams require an injection of intravenous MRI contrast Inform the technologist if you experience any discomfort during the injection.

What can I expect after my MRI scan?

  • If a dye injection is used, the IV is removed from the arm before you go home.
  • Allergic reaction from gadolinium dye is extremely rare. However, if you experience symptoms such as rash, hives, or shortness of breath, you should notify the technologist immediately if you are still at our diagnostic center, or call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital if you have already left our diagnostic center.
  • In the event that sedation is needed (such as for claustrophobia), you will be sent home once awake and alert. If you receive sedation, someone must drive you home.

Outstanding image quality

  • Excellent image quality for all anatomical regions
  • 2D-patient table movement brings any off-center anatomy to the isocenter for excellent imaging results
  • Pristine fat saturation for any anatomy

What can I expect before my MRI exam?

There is little preparation for an MRI exam. Take your daily medications as you normally would, unless instructed otherwise. There are few dietary restrictions for an MRI. For those exams, you will be notified of the requirements.

  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam and check in with the receptionist. You will need to complete the MRI screening form.
  • If your clothes have any metal fasteners or metallic design, you will be asked to change into our diagnostic center’s gown. A locker will be supplied to secure your belongings.
  • Our nurse will fill out your history form then based on your doctor’s prescription, our technologist will verify your identification and the requested exam. Your screening form will be reviewed by the technologist in consultation with the radiologist if indicated. If MRI contrast is indicated for the exam, an IV catheter will be inserted in your arm by a nurse or technologist.

How can I help prepare my child for an MRI scan?

MRI examinations require that the patient hold still for long periods of time. We encourage parents to accompany their child and comfort them. Our nurse will tell interesting stories so that our young patients can listen during their MRI procedure. Patients can either choose a storybook from our reading list or bring one from home. Listening an entertaining story helps children remain comfortable and still, and it minimizes the need for anesthesia.

Other Tips

  • Please leave your valuables at home, including jewelry, to prevent it from being lost or stolen, for they have to be removed prior to entering the scan room.
  • If you donot want to change into our attire, please wear cotton clothing without any metal zippers, hooks, or buttons.
  • If you donot understand Amharic or English, please let us know, we will arrange interpreting services.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications.
  • If you haveclaustrophobia , your doctor may prescribe an oral medication for you to take with you for your MRI appointment.

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Wudassie Diagnostic Center

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Addis Ababa