Pro Diagnostic Group
Pro Diagnostic Group (magnetickarezonancia.sk) is a leading provider of radiology services in Slovakia, operating diagnostic centres with modalities such as magnetic resonance, CT, X-ray, USG, PET/CT or densitometry. It has achieved its leading position by locating its centres in the best Slovak hospitals, equipped with the most modern imaging technologies and employing leading radiologists in the above-mentioned fields. Currently, it operates 14 diagnostic centres spread all over Slovakia. More information about the company can be found on our portal prodiagnostic.sk.
We already have 9 modern MR centres in Slovakia
We are currently filling the following positions:
Information for patients
What is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan ?
Magnetic resonance imaging is a diagnostic method for making images of various parts of the human body. It is particularly suitable for imaging soft tissues and organs such as the brain, blood vessels, organs of the abdominal cavity, the small pelvis, but also joints and the spine. Magnetic resonance imaging produces images in arbitrary planes by means of rapid changes in an additional magnetic field and radio-frequency waves. The images obtained help to determine the cause of your problems or to establish a diagnosis and thus start adequate, timely and correct treatment. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies used by us are among the most advanced in the country…
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- health insurance card
- a valid ID card or passport
- an application form for an examination certified by the referring doctor
- previous findings /ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI / or medical history
After many years of experience with this technology, we can say that MRI scans are safe and usually provide much more detailed images than other imaging methods. The main advantage of this examination is that it is carried out without the use of X-rays, so it does not impose a radiation burden on the patient.
We recommend that you fast for 2 hours before the examination for possible administration of contrast medium. You can drink liquids, we recommend drinking plain and non-bubbly water.
For small pelvic examination, we recommend drinking half a litre of water 30 min before the examination. For a more accurate examination, it is desirable that the patient has a filled bladder.
Do I need to take them off before the test?
No, it is not necessary to change your treatment before the MRI scan. Alternatively, if you are diabetic or have epilepsy, please inform the staff beforehand.
No, the examination itself is not painful. You will only feel the needle stick when the contrast agent is injected. Some discomfort may be caused by the noise that the examination makes. You should also be prepared to lie still for some time.
There are no known adverse effects of magnetic fields or radiofrequency waves on the fetus. Nevertheless, please inform us that you are pregnant. It will be necessary to discuss further action with our experts! If you are breastfeeding and have been given a contrast agent, stop breastfeeding for 24 hours and drink plenty of fluids so that the agents are eliminated from your body as soon as possible.
Everything about the MRI scan
Magnetic resonance imaging is a diagnostic method for making images of various parts of the human body. It is particularly suitable for imaging soft tissues and organs such as the brain, blood vessels, organs of the abdominal cavity, small pelvis, but also joints and the spine. MRI produces images in arbitrary planes by means of rapid changes in an additional magnetic field and radiofrequency waves. The images obtained help to identify the cause of your problems or to establish a diagnosis and thus start adequate, timely and correct treatment. The MR technologies used by us are among the most modern in the country.
Before the examination, we will ask you some questions and ask you to fill in a questionnaire. The questionnaire is also available from your GP and can be downloaded from our website www.magnetickarezonancia.sk before the examination. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time for the examination. The examination of a particular patient may be longer than usual. Patients with acute conditions are examined on a priority basis. Therefore, it may happen that your scheduled appointment will not be kept exactly as scheduled. We will inform you of this and ask for your kind understanding and patience.
We also ask that you notify us in advance by phone or email if you cannot come to your appointment or if you will be late for your examination.
You will be escorted from the waiting room to a changing cubicle. Depending on the nature of the examination, we will instruct you to remove parts of your clothing. The base of the MRI machine is a very strong magnet, so any metal objects, bank or other smart cards, including your mobile phone, should be put away in the cubicle. Metal objects would be drawn into the machine and could injure you or our staff or damage our machine. In the case of bank cards and mobile phones, all data may be irretrievably lost. Please turn your cell phones off or at least mute them in the booth as well.
You will be escorted from the changing cubicle to the examination room. You will lie down on the examination bed. The radiology assistant will put headphones in your ears. This is because during the examination you will hear quite an intense noise, similar to the sound of a pneumatic hammer or the hum of a powerful engine. These are sounds that are caused by changes in the magnetic field and are not dangerous to you. They are just annoying. Therefore, you may also ask to listen to music through headphones during the investigation. The radiology assistant will then place the MRI coils on the part of your body to be examined and insert you into the machine. You will be in contact with the examining radiology assistant throughout the examination and you can give a signal at any time using the balloon you hold in your hand. Only squeeze the balloon in case of nausea or other serious problem, as this will interrupt the examination.
During some examinations you may receive instructions from the examination assistant, e.g. hold your breath, you may breathe, etc. The device is shaped like an open tunnel on both sides. Should you have a feeling of distress from the confined space /claustrophobia/ and cannot overcome it, please tell the radiology assistant. If you cannot manage the feeling of distress, we will deal with your problem on the spot or find an alternative appointment for you. During the examination, images are taken in multiple series, each lasting 3 to 5 minutes. The entire scan may take 10 to 30 minutes depending on the area of the body being examined.
If you have any metal objects, joint replacements, pacemakers, vascular clips, artificial heart valves, vascular prostheses, stents, insulin pumps, drug delivery devices, removable dentures, intra-ear implants, etc., it is imperative that you notify us in advance on the questionnaire and prior to the examination. If you have any of these items in your body, the MRI scan may harm you or the listed devices. Larger scale tattoos can cause burns, facial make-up can cause changes and deformities in MR images. Please do not bring valuable jewellery, weapons or pets with you to the examination. We ask for your understanding if our assistant still performs a metal detecting machine examination prior to the examination, similar to airports. We are concerned about your safety. If you have any questions, please consult with us while waiting in the waiting room, or you may call the office the day before your exam.
For some examinations, it is necessary to administer a contrast agent. We will inform you about this in advance. The contrast agent is not identical to the contrast agents used in X-ray examinations. It is considerably safer and rarely causes allergy. If you are allergic to anything, please inform us, either by mentioning the allergy in the safety questionnaire, before the examination, or also in person. Alternatively, you can also inform the referring doctor about the allergy so that he or she can mention this to us already in the examination request form.
The contrast agent is most often injected into the elbow vein. It is eliminated from the body within 24 to 48 hours in the urine. We do not administer contrast medium to patients with severe kidney damage or to patients who are preparing for a liver transplant.
Please also tell us these important facts in advance.
We only administer contrast medium to children under 1 year of age due to not yet fully developed kidney function in the case of a serious indication!
After the examination, our doctors – highly erudite radiologists – analyse and describe the images and information obtained. There is a great deal of information. Sometimes it is also necessary to consult the data obtained with another specialist. For these reasons, the evaluation of the images can take longer and you may not receive the result of the examination until a few days have passed. The result of the examination is delivered to your referring physician as standard. If your referring physician is connected to our software, he or she may receive the results immediately after they are entered into the system by our physician. If, exceptionally, you wish to collect your results in person, please arrange to register with our receptionist prior to the examination.
We offer a variety of special MRI scans at our clinics that provide the doctor with more detailed information. These examinations require a request from a specialist doctor.
You can find out more about these examinations in the PDF document below the examination.
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Before the examination, we will ask you some questions and ask you to fill in a questionnaire. The questionnaire is also available from your doctor and you can download it before the examination from our website magnetickarezonancia.sk. Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your examination time. The examination of a particular patient may be longer than usual. We preferentially examine patients with acute conditions…