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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows for evaluation of the central nervous system and soft tissues of the limbs. It complements diagnostic radiography (X-rays) and ultrasonography (USG). It is often performed in order to confirm or refute final diagnosis.

The newly opened Magnetic Resonance Laboratory’s central element is Philips Ingenia 3T MRI scanner. It is the first fully digital MRI scanner with dStream technology. The use of it results in about 40% increase in signal-to-noise ratio and allows for shortening scan time and significant improvement in diagnostic quality. Ingenia is the first scanner without limitations of analog RF architecture.

Ingenia 3.0T Philips MRI scanner
at the Center of Sports Medicine in Warsaw

Ingenia 3.0T Philips Magnetic Resonance System at the Center of Sports Medicine in Warsaw Ingenia 3.0T MR system- the first ever digital broadband MR imaging. Designed with patients in mind. Developed for a wide diversity of patients with different ages, sizes and physical conditions, the Ingenia 3.0T has features that provide patients with comfort and put them at ease:

  • 70 cm bore provides more space and helps to reduce anxiety.
  • Intelligent software to reduce retakes and increase consistency and exam speed.
  • Digital coil design greatly reduces coil weights and leads to less patient repositioning in many exams.
  • The light ring on the magnet exterior and adjustable, in-bore lighting enhance the openness of the system.
  • Patient-perceived acoustic noise is reduced by more than 80%.

Powered by the breakthrough dStream architecture, the Ingenia 3.0T is the first MR system that brings MR signal digitization where it has never been before – in the RF coil, as close to the patient as possible. dStream unleashes the power of digitization by delivering a high purity MR signal for increased SNR, combined with Imaging Space enhanced workflow and ease of use for greater efficiency in your daily operations.

Philips Ingenia is designed to avoid compromises. Better, more consistent image quality for all applications pairs with clinical versatility to expand into new areas such as body/oncology, in a wide aperture system that promotes excellent patient comfort. And productivity is enhanced with every feature of the Ingenia, with automation where it makes sense, while still giving you the control you want. Elevated clinical performance, accelerated patient management and improved economic value – all for the life of the system – the Ingenia 3.0T will change your expectations on what MR should be.

MRI Scan
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MRI Information for patients

General Recommendations

The patient should remain fasting 4 hours prior to the test, avoid food and drink in case there is a need for administration of contrast agent. People who regularly take medications should follow their routine on the day of the test. For MRI of the head, it is important that you do not wear any makeup or hairspray, as many of these products have tiny metal particles that could interfere with the scan and make the examination impossible.

If you have a metallic or electronic foreign object implanted, such as pacemaker, cochlear implant, endoprosthesis or neurostimulator you must inform about the fact during registration for the scan.

If there is a need for administration of contrast agent, you are asked to drink at least 1.5 liters of liquid within 12 hours the day before examination; in this way the contrast agent will be easier eliminated from the body.

Due to the strong magnetic field in the MRI scanning room, please do not bring any metal objects that can damage the machine or cause injury to the patient.

Additionally, do not bring any cell phones, credit cards, watches or other electronic devices, as these items may be damaged.

What should you bring for your MRI scan?

MRI scan is a completely safe procedure, but due to the use of magnetic field, there are some contraindications for MRI scanning. These include:

  • a heart pacemaker and cochlear implants, neurostimulators, insulin pumps,
  • a metallic foreign body in the structures of the central nervous system and the eye.
  • Some implanted elements (e.g. .: some artificial valves, orthopedic aids, stabilizers, vascular clips).

Please bring any documentation regarding the implanted elements. You can obtain such information at the hospital/unit where your surgery has been performed. If you suffer for claustrophobia you may be examined in open MR system or receive anesthetic premedication.

Pregnancy is not a contraindication for MRI scanning; however, it is necessary to inform a physician if you are pregnant. The study in the first trimester of pregnancy is not recommended and it is only performed in special cases.



Please register for the scan 15 minutes before your appointment in order to fill in a medical form concerning chronic diseases, allergies, medications you are on and potential contraindications for MR scanning.

If possible, please print out the form and fill it in at home. You can download it here link. In some instances you might be given contrast agent (intravenously, seldom orally) in order to obtain clear picture of the test area. We use only safe contrast agents of the highest quality.

In case the contrast agent needs to be administered intravenously, right before the examination, a nurse will put a cannula in. We use only safe contrast agents and side effects are very rare. If the contrast agent is administered orally, you should register at least an hour before the scheduled test. A technician or a nurse will prepare a contrast agent solution in about 1.5 liter of water, which you will have to drink slowly and in small sips.

The scan/the test

During the test, a patient is monitored by a camera. The patient is also given a hand pump bulb, which enables to signal any sudden ailments. The test is painless. Rarely, there may be unpleasant sensations associated with administration of contrast agent. The patient is supervised by a technician, a doctor and a nurse, and commands are given by a microphone.

Most MRI scans last 15- 45 minutes, depending on the examined area and the necessary number of images, but in some cases the test may take up to 60 minutes or longer. It is important to remain still during the test; otherwise it is not possible to obtain diagnostic images. When MRI scanner is on, it emits sounds of varying intensity, which in individual cases may be perceived as unpleasant. In order to alleviate discomfort, apply protective headphones.

After the test/the scan

After the test, if the patient had been given a contrast agent, he or she is kindly asked to stay a few minutes in the laboratory. If there are no side effects, you can leave the facility grounds. The patient is asked to drink at least two liters of fluid per day for the next two days if the contrast agent has been administered, in order eliminate it from the body.

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