The Proton Therapy Center in Prague offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography in combination with computed tomography (PET/CT). The wait time is typically short. We offer examinations not only to our cancer patients, but also to those who have a referral from other clinics or hospitals.
We perform the following examinations:
- MRI of the head (for example brain including MRI angiography, brain spectroscopy);
- MRI of the limbs, joints, spine (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar);
- MRI of soft tissues;
- MRI imaging of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis;
- MRI angiography;
- MRI spectroscopy;
- MRI biliary and pancreatic ducts without endoscopic intervention (cholangiopancreaticography);
- MRI of the breast.
The wait time is typically short, ranging from 2 to 4 weeks. We will be happy to help you arrange the date most suitable to your patient's needs.
1. How to Schedule Your Patient's MRI
Please send the referral for the MRI examination with data about the patient, including the reason for requesting the examination, detailed specifications, physician's stamp and signature, to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another option is to fill out the application form online. After clicking on the link, please fill in the required information and press the "Submit request".
We will inform you of the nearest examination date no later than the next working day.
For some types of MRI examinations, the administration of a contrast agent is typically necessary. Therefore, we require prior laboratory control of a patient's renal function (creatinine, urea). Alternatively, it is possible to perform only a native, less extensive, examination. We can arrange this blood work at our facility. However, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange your appointments accordingly.
We are also able to provide MRI examinations in general anesthesia of pediatric patients and adult patients with specific problems (claustrophobia).
Note: For patients with a valid Czech health insurance, the MRI examination at PTC is paid for by health insurance company, with the exception of ZP 213 (Revírní bratrská pokladna).
2. MRI - Information to Download
In order to save your patient any worries about the examination, we have prepared basic information about the MRI.
The patient does not need print this document or sign it at this point, it is mainly for them to review from the comfort of their home. We can print the informed consent and give it to them to sign when they come to PTC for their appointment.
3. MRI of the Breast
Breast MRI is increasingly being used to better visualize focal breast lesions. The MRI examinations should be performed primarily in women with an increased risk of breast cancer. These are women whose mother or grandmother had breast cancer, have a genetic predisposition, are 30 or more years after irradiation of the chest or mediastinum, or are being monitored for benign breast cancer.
Breast MRI allows better detection of the extent of the tumor before surgery or irradiation. Examinations may also be performed on women who have breast implants and for whom ultrasound has not provided sufficient information, as well as women after cosmetic procedures.
In the case of oncological disease, breast MRI can provide information on the response to radiation or chemotherapy, or it is used for further monitoring and control after the disease. The examination can also be performed in patients with enlarged nodules in the armpit (axillae), where the primary source is not known, or in patients with suspected tumor on a previous mammographic examination. The dynamic sequences that are acquired during the MRI help to differentiate between malignant and non-malignant lesions according to the type of saturation of these lesions, therefore the MRI examination in the diagnosis of breast cancer is very beneficial and has a significant yield.