Service Description

Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body.

  • Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary with the specific exam.
  • The radiologist or technologist may ask if you have allergies of any kind, such as an allergy to iodine or x-ray contrast material, drugs, food, the environment, or asthma.
  • The radiologist should also know if you have any serious health problems, or if you have recently had surgery.
  • Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
  • If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to the scheduled examination.


Some items should be left at home if possible or removed prior to the MRI scan. These items include:

  • Jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged.
  • Pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort MRI images.
  • Removable dental work.
  • Pens, pocket knives and eyeglasses.


People with the following implants cannot be scanned and should not enter the MRI scanning area unless explicitly instructed to do so by a radiologist or technologist who is aware of the presence of any of the following:

  • Internal (implanted) defibrillator or pacemaker.
  • Cochlear (ear) implant.
  • Some types of clips used on brain aneurysms.
  • Some types of metal coils placed within blood vessels.
  • You should tell the technologist if you have medical or electronic devices in your body, because they may interfere with the exam or potentially pose a risk, depending on their nature and the strength of the MRI magnet.
  • Some implanted devices require a short period of time after placement (usually six weeks) before being safe for MRI examinations.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Artificial heart valves
  • Implanted drug infusion ports
  • Implanted electronic device, including a cardiac pacemaker
  • Artificial limbs or metallic joint prostheses
  • Implanted nerve stimulators
  • Metal pins, screws, plates, stents or surgical staples.
  • A recently placed artificial joint may require the use of another imaging procedure. If there is any question of their presence, an x-ray may be taken to detect and identify any metal objects.
  • Patients who might have metal objects in certain parts of their bodies may also require an x-ray prior to an MRI.
  • Parents who accompany children into the scanning room also need to remove metal objects and notify the technologist of any medical or electronic devices they may have.
  • Infants and young children may require sedation or anesthesia to complete an MRI exam without moving.


Average scan time from 20 min to 1 hour

Service consultants
Dr. Mohamed Galal
MD, FRCR, Consultant of diagnostic radiology, Cairo university hospital
Prof. Ahmed Wafaie
MD, FRCR, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Prof. Sally Emad
Professor of diagnostic radiology, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Dr. Bahaa El Din Mahmoud
Lecturer of Diagnostic Radiology, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Prof. Abd El hady Taha
Professor of diagnostic radiology, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Prof. Manar Hussien
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Dr. Osama Imam
(CT coronary, Cardiac MRI), Radiology lecturer, cardio-thoracic unit, Kasr Al Aini, Cairo university
Dr. Sara Bahaa Eldein
(MRI heart), fellow of Cardiology, Dar Al Fouad hospital
Service devices
MRI device
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device works by non-invasive body scanning for medical diagnostic purposes, brain research, psychology, psychiatry, biological research and more. This examination is especially effective for imaging the central nervous system - the brain and spinal cord - and joints, such as the knee and shoulder. In MRI images, you see only soft tissues - you see not the bones themselves, but only the bone marrow. Examples of common uses for MRI are: search for tumors in the brain, diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, evaluation of meniscus status in the knees, examination, inter vertebral disc herniation and others. ​