For your peace of mind - clarifying the reason for high blood pressure
Hypertension (arterial hypertonia) is one of the most common diseases in industrialised countries and is one of the most important risk factors for the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks. Up to 15% of patients have a treatable condition causing their high blood pressure, e.g. narrowing of the renal arteries, known as renal artery stenosis. If this restriction is eliminated, the patient’s high blood pressure is also successfully treated.
Elements of a hypertension check-up
The check-up consists of the following parts: during a detailed discussion (medical history) your radiologist will record your symptoms, the progression of the disease and prior diagnostics or treatments, as well as look at any prior findings and associated images. You will then undergo an MRI scan, known as MR angiography (vascular MRI) with imaging of the renal blood vessels. The findings will then be discussed with you and you will either be given the images and medical report or these will be sent to the specialist who is treating you.
Low-risk and radiation-free care.
An MRI scan is one of the most reliable and low-risk diagnostic procedures. Compared to X-rays or CT (computer tomography), the MRI exam creates images using magnetic fields and not through the use of X-rays. This makes the MRI a pain, radiation and side effect-free examination method with high diagnostic significance.
In the modern medneo diagnostics centres you will be looked after and examined in a friendly and competent manner. Our trained staff warmly greet you in our high quality and modern centres. Your time in our waiting lounge will seem shorter thanks to drinks, snacks and magazines. With the latest MRI devices with a 70 cm opening, as well as a feel-good lighting concept in the exam room, we make the examination as comfortable as possible for you.
Please bring to the exam:
- Previous findings
- Previous images
- Surgery reports
- Implant certificates
- Laboratory tests (creatinine)
The examination procedure
After your friendly welcome, taking down of your personal information and explanatory meeting with the radiologist of your choice, you will be prepared for your examination. Administration of a contrast agent is required for this examination. Unlike conventional x-ray contrast agents, the contrast agents used by medneo contain no iodine and are instead made from gadolinium, so there are far fewer undesirable side effects. Your radiologist will give you detailed information on the risks and side effects before the start of the exam. You will then lie on a special MRI bed and be given headphones to protect against the loud machine noises. These headphones can be used to listen to your favourite music during the examination. You then enter the MRI device.
As soon as you hear the characteristic, loud knocking noises, the device is working and taking images. During this time it is very important that you do not move. There are several short sequences one after the other that all sound different. You will be accompanied by our staff at every stage of the exam and be given precise information on each of the individual exam steps.
The image evaluation
Your radiologist examines the images after the exam. Both the medical report and MRI images are then sent to you or your referring doctor, or to the specialist providing further treatment. Your radiologist will then have a final consultation with you. If required, we will gladly refer you to further specialists and provide you with an interpreter during the entire examination and discussion of the findings.