Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to image the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and field gradients to form images of the body.
Physicians use an MR examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
- tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.
- diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, and abnormalities of the bile ducts and pancreas.
- inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- heart problems, such as congenital heart disease.
- malformations of the blood vessels and inflammation of the vessels (vasculitis).
- a fetus in the womb of a pregnant woman
How does the procedure work?
Unlike conventional x-ray examinations and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRI does not utilize ionizing radiation. Instead, radio waves redirect alignment of hydrogen atoms that naturally exist within the body while you are in the scanner without causing any chemical changes in the tissues. As the hydrogen atoms return to their usual alignment, they emit energy that varies according to the type of body tissue from which they come. The MR scanner captures this energy and creates a picture of the tissues scanned based on this information.
How is the MRI Scan Kenya performed?
MRI examinations may be performed on outpatients or inpatients.
You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging.
Devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a physician, nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) catheter, also known as an IV line, into a vein in your hand or arm. A saline solution may be used to inject the contrast material. The solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV catheter until the contrast material is injected.
You will be placed into the magnet of the MRI unit and the radiologist and technologist will perform the examination while working at a computer outside of the room.
If a contrast material is used during the examination, it will be injected into the intravenous line (IV) after an initial series of scans. Additional series of images will be taken during or following the injection.
When the examination is complete, you may be asked to wait until the technologist or radiologist checks the images in case additional images are needed.
Your intravenous line will be removed.
MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), some of which may last several minutes.
Depending on the type of exam and the equipment used, the entire exam is usually completed in 30 to 50 minutes.
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2.Nairobi MRI Centre
Mugo Kibiru Drive, Off Ngong Road Opp Nakumatt Prestige
P.O. Box 19606, Nairobi, 00202
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 8pm, Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Ground Floor, Mayfair Centre (next to UHMC) on Ralph Bunche Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Contact for additional information: Landline: +254 (0)20 2731 650/1 | Safaricom: +254 (0)705 120 400 | Airtel: +254 (0)737 556 119 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4.West Kenya Diagnostic and Imaging Centre
Telephone: 0572020779 Mobile : +254738167576
Email : email@example.com
Situated at Nakumatt Mega City Plaza, Next to Accacia Medical Centre,
P.O Box 19078 -40123
The Karen Hospitals – Nairobi
P.O. Box 74240-00200
Tel : +254-20-6613000
Fax : +254-20-6613222
Emergency Number: +254 702 222222
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.karenhospital.org
6.METROPOLITAN DIAGNOSTIC AND MRI CENTRE
Dedan Kimathi , Mombasa
1915 – 80100, Mombasa
7.Plaza Imaging Solutions
P.O.Box: 352-00202 Kenyatta N. Hospital
General Accident Hse, Gr Flr, Ralph Bunche Rd, Nairobi
Tel: +254-202711599 Fax: +254-202715231
8.The Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital
Phone: 0734 749 322. Mobile: 0734 749 322
9.The Nairobi Hospital
For enquiries, Please Contact:
P.O. Box 30026-00100,Nairobi
Main Hospital Tel:020-2845000/ 020-2846000
Mobile: 0703 082000
Direct Line: +254-20-8245631/2
Opened Daily – 24 hours
10.The Nairobi West Hospital
0722 200 944, 0734 200 944
Gandhi Ave, Nairobi, Kenya
11.The Aga Khan University Hospital- Nairobi
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: +254 (0)71109 2854
12.MP Shah Hospital
M.P. Shah Hospital offers MRI services through its Radiology Department supported by well-equipped state of the art machinery and well trained staff.
Monday to Fridays: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Direct line: 0204291492
Shivachi Road, Parklands Nairobi, Kenya
How Much does an Mri Scan cost in Kenya
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) costs between Sh16, 000 to Sh33, 000.
Although it depends on hospital I.e different hospital have varying rates its always good to confirm with a individual hospital
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