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MRI

We are proud to offer affordable MRI scans and personalized reports to make brain health attainable for everyone.

Option 1: Baseline Brain Fitness Check

Reserve a brain health and fitness check in the month of February and your cost is only $190. The report includes the health report from a trained radiologist and age-normalized assessment of memory and higher cognitive structures. *

Option 2: Premium Brain Map and Report

You can request a premium personalized brain report for a contribution $1,500. Enroll in the month of February and receive a free 3D-printed replica of your brain.*
Sign up now for a free consultation with Dr. Jacopo Annese.


Why have a brain check?

The brain is the only vital organ of the body that does not get examined during medical checkups. This is very odd considering that the brain controls the rest of the body and arguably, it makes who we are. Therefore, keeping it in prime condition should be a priority. 

Modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can safely reveal what our brain looks like, its age and conditions. Here are 4 good reasons to get a scan at any age:

  1. Personal Baseline
    Every brain looks different. Having your own baseline scans can make it easier for medical professionals to spot changes if neurological symptoms were ever to occur in the future. In addition, modern brain mapping tools can detect brain features unique to each individual that help understand how our brain works and who we really are. 
  2. Prevention
    Just one scan could show small events that could become serious or even life-threatening if not addressed timely. For example, detecting and treating brain tumors while they are still small may significantly increase the chances of a cure.
  3. Empowerment
    Annual MRI scans provide longitudinal data that shows how the brain changes over time. This information can be used to discover the right lifestyle to boost your mental performance and protect you from cognitive impairment and dementia down the line.

How it works

  1. We will book your MRI exam at one of our participating imaging sites based on your schedule. One of our concierges will be present during the scan to assist you and interact with the technologist and clinical staff on site.
     
  2. A trained radiologist will read your scans and issue a clinical report for your medical records. In addition, we will provide an analysis of brain fitness based on age-matched population statistics and rank (how good does your brain look compared to other people your age?).
     
  3. A copy of the data will be created for your records. Our program maintains a medical database of all scans suitably anonymized for future analyses and research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there radiations in the MRI scanner?

No. Unlike CT scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) does not work with X-rays. Instead, MRI uses a strong magnetic field (the doughnut is magnet) to align protons in the body and radio signals that can be computer-processed to form images. Contrast in the images is created by differences in the water content so that various body tissues. such as the gray and white matter of the brain can be distinguished

What will my MRI scan be like?

Our MRI scan consists of 4 imaging sequences, and the procedure will last approximately 25 minutes in total. During your MRI exam, you will lie, comfortably on a padded table, which will slide partially into the bore of the magnet (the magnet is open on both ends). An MRI technologist will be right outside the exam room and will be able to see and hear you the entire time. If you are uncomfortable, just say so and the technologist will be right in to assist you. 

Isn’t MRI just for patients with neurological conditions, tumors or trauma?

An MRI scan is a way to peek inside your head. Just like a mirror shows you the condition of your skin or the shape of your body, an MRI can provide a view of the brain and data that can be used to optimize its health and performance. Indeed, a brain MRI is only typically prescribed after a traumatic event or after external symptoms become severe enough; but why wait for something to go wrong when a way to monitor brain health safely is within reach?

Are there any possible risks associated with MRI?

Extensive safety testing was done on MRI before it was approved for human use. There are no known adverse effects from the MRI process itself. When you have your scan, you will be asked to leave all metal objects, big or small, outside of the scanner room. Metal objects can be pulled into the magnet and this can present a risk to patients and staff. MRI technologists will screen everyone for metal before entering the magnet room. 

Who may not have an MRI scan?

Most patients with joint replacements or other orthopedic hardware do not present a problem and still can be scanned, but because MRI uses powerful Magnetic Fields, some patients may be excluded from having a MRI. If any of the following conditions are true, or possibly true, please notify us before your exam.

•    Cardiac Pacemaker
•    Cerebral Aneurysm Clips
•    Cochlear Implants
•    Implanted Insulin or Chemotherapy Pumps
•    Implanted Neuro-Stimulator Devices
•    Pregnancy
•    Heart Valve Replacements
•    Other Prosthetic Devices
•    Metal Fragments in Eye

Is MRI painful?

No. MRI is a painless procedure. The scanner has no moving parts but does make a loud knocking noise similar to a drumbeat as it collects data. For your comfort, music or earplugs are provided to reduce the noise.

What if I am claustrophobic?

The MRI scanners that we utilize have a larger bore (70cm) that greatly reduces the feeling some people may have of tightness and constraint.  Most people can feel uncomfortable in tight spaces which is a normal condition; MRI operators are trained to limit the unease that comes with your head and shoulders being in the scanner.  However, clinically, claustrophobia is defined as the intense fear of being trapped or confined in small spaces. Symptoms may include: hot flashes, increased blood pressure, panic attacks, tension, sweating, hyperventilating, nausea, and fainting. If you have experienced any of these claustrophobic symptoms in the past, please notify us before the exam.


* Understand and appreciate that TIBS, its agents, and any of each of their agents are not providing medical care or medical advice. Acknowledge the requirement to provide TIBS with a primary care physician, and that TIBS urges and strongly suggests that the results of all brain scans be discussed with the primary care physician for his or her diagnosis and eventual treatment. TIBS and its agents, legal representatives, successors, heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, trustees, predecessors, affiliates, divisions and all of their officers, directors and employees, as well as the affiliated radiology centers (collectively, the “TIBS Releases”)  would be forever fully released, canceled, forgiven, acquitted and forever discharged from any and all rights, actions, causes of actions, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, transactions, acts, omissions or refusals to act, damages, judgments, extents, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, in law, admiralty or equity, known or unknown, asserted or unasserted, fixed or contingent, matured or unmatured or foreseeable or unforeseeable.