MRI following Spinal Fusion

MRI imaging with substantially reduced artefacts following spinal fusion

Upright MRI allows imaging to be carried out with a marked reduction in artefacts in patients with implantable devices.

The horizontal right / left orientation of the main magnetic  Field, combined with a steel shield weighing 130 tonnes, special coil technologies and metal artefact-reducing sequences, allows Upright MRI imaging to be performed despite the presence of metal objects in the examination area, such as implantable material.

Patients who have undergone surgery can be scanned in the Upright MRI and a  findings Report produced.

Precise diagnoses are extremely important for patients due to the frequent onset of instabilities at a later stage, therefore, doctors treating patients at a later stage can choose the most useful form of therapy.

This is particularly noticeable in extensive surgical procedures, e.g. the implantation of a Harrington rod in scoliosis patients. These cases cannot be examined in a conventional tunnel system due to the thermal effect of metal.

However, in Upright MRI, objects implanted long-term in the body such as intramedullary nails, prostheses or spinal fusion show a marked reduction in image artefact unlike conventional MRI systems.

The risk of heating or resonance-induced oscillation of the implanted material is eliminated.

See Clinical Case Spinal Fusion with compared images in supine and Upright MRI.

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