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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a modern, safe, non-invasive and very accurate diagnostic examination. It enables imaging of the anatomy and structure of internal organs. In contrast to computed tomography, magnetic resonance does not use X-rays, but uses a magnetic field and radio waves, which does not affect human health.

Our laboratories have two innovative scanners: the 3-Tesla Biograph mMR Siemens (Bioskaner lab in the Bialystok Science and Technology Park) and the 1.5-Tesla MAGNETOM Sola Siemens (Bioskaner lab in the University Clinical Hospital). The gantry hole in the 1.5 T resonance has a diameter of 70 cm. Such a large scanner allows to perform an examination for people suffering from mild claustrophobia. The examination is more comfortable thanks to the music in dedicated headphones, which muffles the sound of the scanner.

Our experienced team of electroradiologists and doctors (employees of the Medical University of Bialystok) is able to fully use the scientific and diagnostic potential of both devices. They are constantly learning and improving their competences by participating in numerous trainings in Poland and abroad.

We are a lab with many years of experience: so far we have made over 50 000 magnetic resonance examinations.

Importantly, Bioskaner has a contract with the NFZ under which insured patients can perform the examination free of charge. We also carry out examinations for patients with insurance in LUXMED and MEDICOVER. In each case, we make sure that the waiting time for the examination is as short as possible.

  • Step by step

    3 steps to get your MR result

  • Step 1


    Register for the examination by phone, setting all relevant details about the examination:

    phone: 85 500 10 20

  • Step 2

    Performing the examination

    Depending on the area being examined and the protocol, the duration of the examination varies from 15 to 60 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Collect examination results

    The examination result, described by a radiology specialist, consists of: examination description + CD. Collection options can be arranged on the day of the examination.

Resonance is characterized by very high tissue and spatial resolution, thanks to which even small structures and changes are visible. Medical indications for this examination are presented below.

Central nervous system

  • neoplastic lesions and tumors of the brain, spinal cord and spinal canal,
  • demyelinating diseases (e.g. diagnosis of multiple sclerosis – MS),
  • ischemic changes of the brain and spinal cord, especially in the early period (first day), when these changes are not visible in computed tomography,
  • degenerative diseases, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system: viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic,
  • anomalies and defects of cerebral vessels – aneurysms, vascular malformations – (angio-MR),
  • imaging diagnostics of the pituitary gland.

The osteoarticular system

  • joint examinations, e.g. knee, shoulder, hip or ankle joint,
  • examination of post-traumatic changes (non-invasive assessment of ligaments and tendons, knee meniscus, labrum in the shoulder joint, articular cartilage, presence of fluid in the joint cavity).


  • recognition and assessment of the advancement of neoplastic lesions.

Inflammatory conditions

  • assessment of inflammation of the bones and soft tissues.

Diagnostics of the abdominal cavity

  • assessment of diseases of the liver and pancreas,
  • diagnostics of the pelvic organs, bladder, reproductive organs in women and the prostate gland in men.



We do not perform examinations in people who have implanted cochlear implants, metallic elements that cannot be imaged in magnetic resonance imaging, or there is no appropriate documentation that allows us to assess the patient’s safety.


MR examination may be performed under specific conditions (always to the decision of the doctor supervising the examination, based on medical documentation):

  • pregnancy < 1 trimester,
  • claustrophobia,
  • stents, vascular clips, stent grafts, cardioverter/defibrillator, pacemakers, neurostimulators, orthopedic stabilization, orthodontic appliances, dental implants.


Below is the price list for routinely performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

Type of examinationGross price
The shoulder600.00
Head + angiography850.00
Head with contrast750.00
Head with contrast + angiography1,150.00
Head with contrast + cervical spine1,150.00
Head with contrast + soft tissues1,150.00
Head with contrast + ears750.00
Abdominal cavity600.00
Abdominal cavity with contrast800.00
Abdominal cavity with contrast + MRCP1,150.00
Spine, 1st segment500.00
Spine, 1st segment with contrast650.00
Kręgosłup 2 odcinki1,000.00
Spine, 2 segments with contrast1,150.00
Spine, 3 segments1,200.00
Spine, 3 segments with contrast1,350.00
Small pelvis with contrast900.00
Heart with contrast1,200.00
Whole body according to protocol OncoRads1,200.00
Rheumatological protocol1,700.00
Ankle joint600.00
Brachial plexus without contrast700.00
Neck (soft tissues) with contrast750.00
3 Anatomical regions1,500.00
  • Do I need a referral for MRI examination?

    Magnetic resonance imaging under the contract with the NFZ can only be performed with a referral. Booking an appointment is possible after receiving a referral. A referral will also be required in the case of a medical package, e.g. LUXMED. Patients paying for the examination themselves do not need a referral.
  • How long does MRI examination take?

    The examination time depends on the examined section and the protocol, and ranges from 15 to 60 minutes.
  • Is the examination painful?

    No. An inconvenience for the patient may be the noise generated during the work of the scanner (partially muffled by music in dedicated headphones), the tight space in which the patient is being examined and the need to remain still during the examination. The possible contrast agent is administered intravenously.
  • When is a contrast agent administered during an examination?

    Each time, the decision to administer a contrast agent is made by the radiologist supervising the examination, based on diagnostic indications, the patient's medical history (the course of the patient's illness), and the results of laboratory tests (including creatinine levels). The patient has the right to refuse the administration of a contrast agent, but in such cases the diagnostic value of the examination is significantly limited.
  • Is it possible to perform the examination under sedation / general anesthesia?

    Yes, it is possible to perform MRI examination under general anaesthesia, after the doctor has confirmed that there are no contraindications to anesthesia.
  • Can you wear a bra on MRI?

    No. For the examination, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes that do not contain metal elements such as zippers, metal buttons or a bra with metal wires.
  • What cannot be detected with MRI?

    The MRI examination is not dedicated to the diagnosis of the lungs, due to their anatomical structure. Lung tissue consists of alveoli filled with air, which is not clearly visible on MRI. In this case, it is better to perform a CT scan.
  • How often can I have MRI?

    Magnetic resonance imaging is completely safe and neutral for the body, it can be performed on children and seniors as often as needed.