We appreciate your interest in our practice and the Upright (N)MR Tomography services that we offer. We operate what is called an Upright MRI system in our private practice. This differs from the conventional tunnel and open MRI systems.
(N)MR without Agoraphobia
With the Upright MRI you will not experience any claustrophobic feelings during the examination, but rather a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. This MRI scanner is special in that you no longer need to lie in a narrow tube during the examination, but instead are examined in a completely open system while standing or sitting. In the process, you have a clear view to look out of the device and at a large monitor to follow the current TV programmes or watch videos during the examination. Upright MRI is therefore especially suited for patients suffering from agoraphobia (the term “claustrophobia” is used colloquially).
More Meaningful Diagnosis due to Upright Posture
The essence of the Upright MRI is that for the first time, a (nuclear) magnetic resonance imaging examination can be performed upright, and thus in a natural weight-bearing state. Whether standing or sitting, lying or in a functional position — with the Upright MRI complete motion studies are possible. This thus facilitates additional and meaningful diagnostics in many cases that cannot otherwise be achieved with conventional (nuclear) magnetic resonance imaging examinations with the patient lying down in a static position.
Many pathological changes, e.g. those to the spine, can only be detected while standing or sitting. Whereas the spine carries no weight while lying down, the body weight exerts a force on the intervertebral disks when standing or sitting. As a result of these stresses, the intervertebral discs are compressed to a greater degree, can thus be considerably deformed and constrict the nerve canal or neuroforamina as a result. For the first time, these stress-dependent changes can be more precisely depicted and detected with Upright MRI.
Upright MRI can also be used to examine the spine, in addition to the upright posture, when bending forwards (forward flexion) or backwards (backward flexion) and even to the side (lateral flexion). Upright MRI allows almost unrestricted freedom of movement – and therefore almost any position of the patient is possible. Patients can thus be examined in exactly that posture in which the complaint is aggravated. In this way, position-dependent pathologies can be recognised that were up to now not visible with conventional MRI.
Weight-bearing joints, such as the knee or hip joints, can also be examined both while standing in the natural weight-bearing state and in various postures, since patients often only complain of pain symptoms when standing or walking.
Professionalism and the Most Recent Image and Data Management System
We have designed our consultation rooms in such a way that you can feel good. Rooms flooded with light provide a pleasant atmosphere and our team tries to make your stay in our private practice as comfortable as possible. In the process, we would like to help you to overcome any existing fears and contribute to a targeted and accurate diagnosis. Everyone in our team can fall back on many years of experience in his or her areas of expertise. Through continuous education and training of our employees, we can respond to your personal and health concerns in a completely targeted and individualised way.
You are Our Top Priority
In any event, it is important to us to respond to you in a targeted way and to devote time to you. Our team will accompany you during your stay in our private practice and is there for you at all times. Generally speaking, this also means that not just a radiological diagnosis is made after completion of the radiological examination in our practice, but usually a decision can be made regarding further treatment on the basis of this finding.