MRI in Singapore: Cost and Other Things You Should Know
What is an MRI? And how much does MRI cost in Singapore? These and other things you should know are the things we will be covering here. Read on.
What is an MRI scan?
MRI has become a very common diagnostic tool in Singapore. It stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Our body tissue consists of water, which has protons. In the MRI machine, there will be magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses that will cause movement of these protons and subsequent release of signals from the protons. The signals are then used to form images we see on MRI films. This mechanism does not involve any use of radiation, and therefore there is no risk of radiation to our body.
How much does MRI cost in Singapore?
MRI scan prices in Singapore vary from centre to centre. The cost of an MRI scan starts at $1,200 for private clinics.
Why is it necessary to go through an MRI scan?
MRI is very useful to check for soft tissue injury such as ligaments, cartilage or meniscus injury. It is also good for detecting displaced fractures that are not well seen on x-rays. It is very sensitive to detect a problem. However, a clinician must correlate the findings on MRI to the patient’s problem, as MRI often over interprets and detects problems that are not causing symptoms or pain to the patients.
Is MRI safe? How to prepare for an MRI scan?
MRI is very safe. Prior to MRI, there is no need for fasting unless instructed to do so. When we go for an MRI scan, we need to remove metals from our body, such as jewelleries and metal spectacles. It is also important that we inform the radiographers if we have metal implants in our body. The radiographers will then position us on the MRI table comfortably and they will ensure that the position is optimal for getting good quality MRI images. There will be some noises during MRI scanning, for which we will be given earplugs in most MRI centres to reduce the noises. Further reading: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan – Safety and Preparation
What happens during an MRI scan?
During the MRI, we will be able to talk to radiographers via intercom, and they will be able to monitor us throughout the whole process to ensure our comfort. When the radiographers are performing the scan, they will inform us via the intercom to keep still to avoid distortion to images produced.
How long is an MRI scan?
The whole process itself takes about 15-45 minutes depending on which body parts are being scanned.
What do those contrasts/dyes have to do with MRI scanning?
Most MRI scans are done without contrasts/dyes. However in some cases, contrasts/dyes are needed to have a better idea of disease processes and structures involved. These contrasts/dyes are generally safe to use. In some cases, it may cause mild side effects such as headaches, giddiness, and skin rashes. Rarely it can cause allergic reactions or renal damage in high risk individuals.