Whole-body MRI Scan
Modern early diagnosis of many diseases

A whole-body MRI offers our patients the possibility of a comprehensive preventive examination. Not all diseases show symptoms at an early stage. In addition, there are families in which conditions occur more frequently. With the help of a regular whole-body MRI, we at ARISTRA can detect many diseases very early. You are also in safe and competent hands with us for the continuous medical monitoring of existing conditions.
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Whole-body MRI » At a glance

The ARISTRA specialists look forward to welcoming you on-site. A pleasant atmosphere, short waiting times and personal medical care during the examination await you in the modern practice rooms.
Duration and price
approx. 60 minutes
Upon request*
Examination
Radiation-free
Quick appointment
* Prices depend on the individual case. Furthermore, we must consider your insurance status and whether you are a national or international customer. In most locations in Germany, we can only work with patients who have private insurance or are self-paying.

What is examined during a whole-body MRI?

During a whole-body MRI examination, the ARISTRA radiologists take images of the organs, the skeletal system, the joints and the vascular system. This examination provides a general overview of the body's state of health. At ARISTRA, our specialists always offer you the possibility of unique individualisation. It can make sense to examine specific areas more closely - for example, chronic illnesses. In this way, you receive a tailor-made diagnostic clarification.

These diseases can be seen on a whole-body MRI

Illustration zur Ganzkörper MRT
The list of diseases that can be examined with a whole-body MRI is long. Essential for most patients is the clarification of malignant diseases such as tumours and other common ailments. These include, above all, cardiovascular diseases. But a check of the brain or an MR angiography is also frequently carried out in radiology. The following areas and conditions can be examined during an MRI:
  • Brain mass
  • Arthritis
  • heart check (about an enlargement)
  • entire vascular system (aneurysm)
  • organs in the abdomen
  • Lymph nodes
  • basic check-up

Whole-body MRI for modern early cancer detection

Some medically relevant tumours remain undetected for a long time because they cause no or hardly any symptoms. However, as with most diseases, early diagnosis positively affects the chances of recovery. A full-body check-up can reveal malignant changes in many areas of the body at an early stage.

Reasons for a full-body MRI

An MRI examination of the whole body is primarily for prevention.
Another reason for a full-body MRI is to check the body composition. This examination is suitable for clarifying the amount of visceral fat. Visceral fat is the abdominal fat that surrounds the organs. It is one of the triggers for cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

The procedure of a whole-body MRI at ARISTRA

Dr. med. Christian von Kölln
Dr. med. Christian von Kölln

Certified specialist for internal medicine
Expert for abdominal ultrasound
Dr. med. Christian von Kölln is a certified specialist in internal medicine and an expert in abdominal and vascular duplex sonography. He also holds the additional title of emergency medicine.
Dr. med. Christian von Kölln is a certified specialist in internal medicine and an expert in abdominal and vascular duplex sonography.
PD Dr. med. Erika Jung-Ulbrich
PD Dr. med. Erika Jung-Ulbrich

Certified radiology specialist
Specialist musculoskeletal system
PD Dr. med. Erika Jung-Ulbrich is an expert in musculoskeletal radiology, with a focus on MRI of the musculoskeletal system. She completed her habilitation in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Zurich and worked for several years as a senior physician at the University Hospital Zurich.
PD Dr. med. Erika Jung-Ulbrich is an expert in musculoskeletal radiology, with a focus on MRI of the musculoskeletal system.
PD Dr. med. Yasemin Tanyildizi
PD Dr. med. Yasemin Tanyildizi

Certified radiology specialist
Expert for Neuroradiology
PD Dr. med. Yasemin Tanyildizi is a certified specialist in radiology. She is an expert in neuroradiology and did research and habilitation at the University Medical Centre Mainz for many years. She has also completed numerous stays abroad, including in Australia and Turkey. She is the author of significant international scientific publications.
PD Dr. med. Yasemin Tanyildizi is a certified specialist in radiology and an expert in neuroradiology. She researched at the University Medical Centre Mainz.
Dr. med.Thomas Hambrock
Dr. med.Thomas Hambrock

Certified radiology specialist
Expert for prostate and oncological radiology
Dr. med. Thomas Hambrock is an expert in prostate cancer and oncological radiology. The focus of his research activities at Radboud University Hospital, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is on the development of advanced MRI sequences in oncological imaging.
Dr. med. Thomas Hambrock is an expert in prostate cancer and oncological radiology. He is researching the development of oncological MRI sequences.
An MRI is a non-invasive, radiation-free examination. This makes an MRI much gentler than a CT. On the examination day, you come to the radiology practice and remove all metallic objects before your scan. During the scan, the MRI machine creates a strong magnetic field that aligns the molecules in the body. With the help of high-performance computers, this allows the machine to produce sharp images that will enable accurate diagnosis. The MRI takes about 60 minutes and is performed in the supine position. The administration of a contrast medium is not necessary for the whole-body MRI.

Dealing with fear of the MRI examination

Claustrophobia in an MRI machine affects only a few people. At ARISTRA, we work with modern MRI machines with a large opening and a short magnet length. Many claustrophobic patients can be treated in this way. You are in safe hands with our team. You will be in contact with the assistant during the entire examination. In addition, all patients receive a button that they can press in an emergency. The scan is then interrupted or stopped. In these cases, however, a detailed and usually important diagnosis is unfortunately not made, and the MRI has to be repeated at another time.

In exceptional cases, we offer patients with anxiety the administration of a sedative before the magnetic resonance imaging. The sedative relaxes the patient, and the patient can usually have his images taken without any problems. In that case, you should always bring a companion with you, as you are not allowed to actively participate in road traffic afterwards - neither as a car driver nor as a cyclist.

Discussion of the findings with the ARISTRA radiologists

The personal care of our patients is critical to us. That is why our radiologists discuss the findings of the MRI with you after the examination. In the case of abnormalities, it may be necessary to perform another MRI to examine an area of the body in detail. The ARISTRA network with many nationally and internationally active radiologists ensures the best possible diagnosis for you as a patient. Whenever necessary, the local radiologist can contact the specialist for the corresponding area of the body and discuss the findings separately. In this way, you are always in competent hands at ARISTRA.

Our radiologists work with other medical specialities on an interdisciplinary basis. They can refer patients directly to a colleague in the event of abnormal findings. Our goal is a quick but thorough diagnostic clarification of your complaints.

How often should an MRI scan of the whole body be performed?

An MRI examination of the whole body is usually performed as an initial check-up. Following the initial findings, only individual body areas are typically monitored regularly. For some systemic diseases that affect the whole body, other rules apply. A quarterly or half-yearly check-up for affected patients can be helpful at the beginning. Our radiologists clarify the individual examination interval in consultation with other specialists.

Whole-body MRI Images

ARISTRA Radiologist with a patient and an application specialist

Make an appointment for a whole-body MRI

We can usually offer you an appointment for an MRI examination at short notice. You can request your preferred appointment via this form.
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