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Magnetic resonance imaging is used to examine the brain, neck, thorax, abdominal and pelvic organs, chest, skeleton, joints (arthro-MRI) and blood vessels (angio-MRI). It is mainly used where different tissues need to be differentiated from one another.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI for short, is a modern cross-sectional imaging procedure that can be used to take tomographic images of all regions of the body. It does not use X-rays but a very strong magnetic field and radio waves. This gentle procedure can visualise organs spatially in all planes. It is particularly useful for examining joints, the spine (including the bone marrow) and inflammatory or tumour processes in the body. Various bodily functions such as tissue perfusion or even the excretory behaviour of abdominal organs (liver, gall bladder, kidneys, pancreas) can also be reliably recorded with the help of magnetic resonance imaging.

Medical specialist prepares patient for MRI examination.

How your MRI works

During the examination, which usually takes between 25 and 60 minutes, you will lie in a tube and hear knocking noises. Both MR machines in the radiology department at Zollikerberg Hospital are located on the 1st floor with daylight windows in the examination room. The latest generation machines have the widest openings available. Headphones with music help against the knocking noises. If you suffer from claustrophobia, we have various solutions for you. Talk to us if you have any concerns.

Our services in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

  • Examinations of the head and spine (e.g. disc herniation)
  • Examination of the abdominal organs (e.g. liver, kidney, pancreas)
  • Examination of the small and large intestine (hydro-MRI)
  • Joint and tendon imaging
  • Vascular examinations (angio-MRI)
  • Breast MRI (examination of the mammary gland)
  • Cardio-MRI (examination of the heart)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) information sheet

Are you planning an MRI? We have compiled all the important information for you in the following document.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)


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