MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

GE Healthcare SIGNA Hero, the new 3 Tesla M RI for advanced imaging, diagnostics, and research at IRCCS San Raffaele, is able to combine state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities with space and comfort at the highest level. The examination is affiliated with the National Health System.

What is magnetic resonance imaging?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a diagnostic examination that, through magnetic fields, allows the inside of the human body to be investigated without the use of interventions or ionizing radiation. To date, it is a noninvasive test with no particular side effects, used for the diagnosis of numerous diseases related to different fields: neurological, oncological, orthopedic, cardiological, gastroenterological and trauma.

What is it for?

MRI is necessary to perform high quality diagnostic examinations of many tissues. In particular, it is recommended for infectious diseases, tumors, inflammation and for:

  • encephalon
  • muscles and bones
  • breast
  • In the abdominal and pelvic area
  • MRI angiographic examinations with and without contrast medium

Main features of the machine and benefits to the patient

The examination, which is affiliated with the National Health System:

  • Ensures comfort, speed and high-definition images
  • Is only 145 cm long, thanks to an extremely compact magnet
  • allows in some cases to perform the examination head-on
  • Reduces fear and anxiety because it greatly eliminates the feeling of “enclosed space” underlying claustrophobia
  • Ensures the passage of even overweight patients
  • Ensures sharper images by reducing involuntary movements due to anxietyù


Benefiting from the innovative features of the machine are not only claustrophobic and overweight patients, but also pediatric patients; in fact, precisely because of the innovative design of the magnet, children can perform the examination in complete comfort.

The wider bore (by 70 cm) combined with the unique AIR coils (similar to lightweight covers) provides patients with more space, freedom and comfort, plus the new MRI is equipped with state-of-the-art reconstruction algorithms based on Deep Learning and automated applications that ensure much faster (up to 50 % shorter) and effective scans: the greater the speed of execution and comfort, the less time, anxiety and stress for the patient. Sharper images obtained with AI applications enable more accurate diagnoses and help eliminate the need for unnecessary biopsies.

Is MRI painful or dangerous?

MRI is a harmless examination to the point that it can be repeated even at short intervals of time for constant monitoring of any particular pathology. It has a running time of between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the type of machinery used.

Contraindicated for pregnant patients, pace-maker wearers and in general in the presence of metal structures particularly if in close proximity to vital organs.

Are there any standards for exam preparation?

Preparation for MRI involves no special precautions on the part of the patient in anticipation of the diagnostic examination. The only precaution required of the patient before performing the examination is to remove any accessories or clothing containing metal parts (watches, belts, shoes, jewelry).

For more details, download the general file on diagnostic test preparation.

How to book

Book your MRI in Rome now:

Call the CUP at 06 5225 2555