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International St. Mary’s Hospital's advanced MRI

HIT : 5,108DATE : 2016-11-22

International St. Mary’s Hospital MRI Room

 provides the highest quality of image in the shortest time

with comfortable and pleasant environment



MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an examination equipment that has made breakthrough in the field of medical diagnostics in addition to CT(Computed Tomography). However, many people do not know the exact difference between CT and MRI. Unlike CT, MRI does not use radiation. Therefore, there is no worry about radiation exposure, but patients need to endure inconvenience of long examination time which takes about 2 to 3 hours.

The MRI installed in CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital is the advanced equipment through innovation, providing high quality of images and pleasant environment at the same time.

1. Providing the best medical images that revolutionized diagnosis

The MAGNET OM Skyra 3.0T, introduced in CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital, is a high-end instrument that was created in Germany and brought a new paradigm of diagnostic equipment.

Starting with 4th generation TIM(Total Imaging Matirx), the latest technologies are integrated and the equipment maximizes the diagnostic function through the high resolution and contrast by reducing the noise compared to the existing MRI.

Therefore, it is possible to make diagnosis anatomical transformation of cerebral disease, such as epilepsy and dementia as well as head and neck, spinal-musculoskeletal and abdominal examination, with special imaging techniques. In addition, the equipment makes it possible to reproduce 3D images of moving heart, make precise diagnosis of breast cancer through an accurate breast tissue density, and determine the exact tumor location of various cancers.

2. Shorter examination time with better motion compensation

Until now, MRI has been performed for a very long time(about 30 minutes to 2 hours), and there has been an inconvenience to conduct MRI again even with a small movement. However, the MRI of CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital has the best resolution with 48 channels, and it is the fastest MRI ever. In addition, it is equipped with a function that effectively corrects the movement of the patient, so it is advantageous for obtaining clearer images. It is possible to diagnose multiple diseases in one shoot(One Action ? Multi Result), thus it eliminates the inconvenience of shooting several times.

3. Human-friendly MRI

It was very difficult to obtain clear images for children or emergency patients with an existing MRI. Patients used to take MRI by lying down in a narrow, small, and closed cylinder. Therefore, patients with claustrophobia were examined after separate procedures. As well, it was hard for overweight patients to be examined because of the narrow mouth of the equipment. To overcome this difficulty, the length of the magnet was reduced to 173cm so that the head could be put out of the cylinder for the examination. It is a human-friendly MRI which entrance was widened from 60cm to 70cm, thus it relieves the anxiety of patients with claustrophobia. It has also been improved, so immediate examination without special procedures for pediatric and emergency patients has become possible.

4. State-of-the-art equipment and top medical staffs

Patient conveniences has been improved due to the latest MRI, and is has become possible to make more precise diagnosis. The CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital will continuously improve medical services based on the advanced medical equipment to eliminate inconveniences for the patients. In addition, the hospital will continue to build cutting-edge medical systems in order to obtain better medical images.

The hospital has marked a milestone in MRI images with individualized diagnosis, and is trying to become a model for local hospitals by leading the latest medical imaging diagnostic knowledge as a local university hospital. In addition, professional medical staffs are consistently studying patient-friendly examination methods, continuous changes, and methods of improving medical image quality.