MRI: Producing images of the human body from protons and magnetic fields.

MRI images of the brain

With its ability to image the internal organs and functioning of the body without using X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ranks as one of the biggest medical breakthroughs, and its development led to a Nobel Prize in 2003 for two scientists from the UK. Indeed, MRI has now become essential diagnostic tool to image many parts of the body purely using the changes in vibration of protons of human cells inside a powerful magnetic field. SJMC’s MRI services were recently enhanced with the upgrade of the 3T MRI to a digital platform - the first of its kind in Malaysia. With the upgrade, patients and doctors can experience better image quality at shorter imaging time.

SJMC’s team of radiographers and nurses at the newly upgraded 3T digital MRI

Getting ready for an MRI exam may be a daunting experience for many patients. Patients may be asked to remove jewelry, credit cards and asked detailed questions about all the metallic instruments inside their bodies. Patients are also made to lie on a table which is pushed into a hole that is hardly large enough for a person and subjected to loud noises and must lie perfectly still. However, SJMC’s team of radiographers and nurses are on hand to prepare & care for the patients as well as ensuring images produced are of the highest quality. SJMC’s MRI services have grown from a single MRI system to 2 advanced MRI systems capable of scanning for detailed anatomical and functional information to aid doctors in diagnosing patients’ medical conditions.