HYGEIA Hospital
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The unified HYGEIA-MITERA CT & MRI Department is equipped with the latest technology, offering advanced medical services 24/7/365. Apart from all types of diagnostic studies, the whole range of percutaneous (diagnostic and therapeutic) procedures are performed, on any part of the body.   All types of imaging studies can be performed at the CT and MRI Department, after contacting the Department Reception by phone or in person.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Four (4) multi-slice CT scanners are installed in the Department. Among them, one 64-slice dual-source scanner (SIEMENS DEFINITION) at HYGEIA Hospital. The latter is ideal for performing special and complex scans, such as CT coronary angiography (non-invasive angiography), CT angiography of the entire body and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). A 64-slice CT scanner is also installed at MITERA Hospital. The Department implements protocols for reducing patient radiation exposure during a CT scan by up to 40%.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Four (4) advanced technology MRI scanners are installed in the Department. Specifically, two 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners as well as a state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI scanner are installed at HYGEIA Hospital. The latter is ideal for imaging of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.  The cutting-edge technology of the 3 Tesla system assists in performing advanced imaging studies, such as multiparametric prostate MRI, MR spectroscopy of the brain, functional MRI (fMRI) of the brain and MR Tractography. 

The Department is a center of excellence in MRI of the Breast in Greece. MRI-guided interventional breast procedures are also performed.  A 1-Tesla open MRI scanner is also installed at MITERA Hospital, which is the most powerful open-type MRI device in Greece.


CT Studies

  • CT studies on all parts of the body are performed. These include: brain, head, neck, chest, upper and lower abdomen, bones and soft tissue. 
  • CT-guided interventional procedures (diagnostic & therapeutic)
  • Complete CT cardiac assessment, which includes: Coronary angiography, coronary calcium scoring, CT-guided electrophysiology procedures (ablation for cardiac arrhythmias), and CT angiography of the chest, abdomen & pelvis as part of the preoperative plan for transcatheter aortic or mitral valve implantation.

Special CT Studies

Before scheduling any examination, please note:

  • A CT scan is an examination based on the implementation of X-rays. Therefore, in case of known or possible pregnancy, please notify the Reception or the Department staff. 
  • You are advised to arrive at the Department 20 minutes before the time of your scheduled examination, to allow for all administrative matters.
  • If you have been scheduled for a lower abdominal CT scan, you will be asked to arrive one hour before the time of the actual exam. The reason for that is to have time for the administration of an oral solution, enabling better contrast enhancement of the bowel during the exam. 
  • You must bring with you any previous test results (CT or MRI) for comparison. If the previous exams had been performed at our Department (from 2009 onwards), then you do not need to bring them with you, as they will be stored in the Hospital’s digital archive.
  • For some tests (e.g. those performed as part of oncology patient monitoring), a special medication (iodinated contrast medium) must be administered intravenously for contrast enhancement of the internal organs and vessels. 
  • If you have a history of allergic reaction to previous administration of iodinated contrast medium (e.g. during a CT or intravenous pyelogram) or a history of allergies in general, you must notify the Department Reception while scheduling your appointment for the examination. Anti-allergic preparation instructions may be given to you if deemed necessary. 
  • If you are over 70 years old, you will be asked to submit recent (within the last two months) blood urea and creatinine test results. The same applies if you are a diabetic or experience any problems with your renal function. 
  • If you are taking the drug metformin (marketed under various trade names) for your diabetes, please notify the staff of the department when you schedule your appointment or just before you undergo your CT examination. Besides, you will be asked so during your visit, just before undergoing the examination.
  • In all other events, you may take any medications prescribed to you by your physician.
  • If you have any further questions, you may contact the Department Reception.


MRI Studies

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is based on the magnetic properties of protons in matter, when these undergo the effect of strong magnetic fields.  Before undergoing an MRI scan, it is absolutely necessary to rule out that the patient has specific metallic materials or medical devices (such as pacemakers) implanted, since these would not make it safe for them to be placed in the strong magnetic field created by the device.

Individuals with claustrophobia, who cannot remain still or cooperate during the MRI scan, may have the exam performed under mild sedation or at MITERA Hospital, which is equipped with an open MRI scanner. The best option is proposed by the Department radiologists, after consulting the patient’s physician and discussing it with the patient. Mild sedation may be administered by an anesthesiologist, after suitable planning. 

The intravenous administration of a special (paramagnetic) contrast medium is required for certain MRI scans. This is generally safe and any adverse effects from its administration are extremely rare. However, special precautions are required in the case of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers or patients with severe kidney failure

All conventional and specialized MRI exams are performed at HYGEIA and MITERA hospitals, in the most suitable scanner for each case.


  • Brain
  • Pituitary gland 
  • Petrous bones
  • Οrbit 
  • Paranasal sinuses
  • Head
  • Neck 
  • Chest
  • Cervical spine 
  • Thoracic spine
  • Lumbar spine 
  • Sacral spine
  • Upper abdomen
  • Retroperitoneal space
  • Lower abdomen (pelvis)
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  • MRI of bones and soft tissue
  • MRI of joints (temporomandibular, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle & foot)

MRI is an established imaging technique to investigate all the human body organs and systems for a wide range of conditions. It contributes greatly in the evaluation of certain conditions affecting the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, while it keeps gaining ground in newer applications, such as assessment of blood vessels, heart and other anatomical structures. MRI offers detailed anatomical information on normal and pathological tissues, but it may also provide functional information. This information is quite significant and often decisive for proper diagnosis, which leads to the choice of the most suitable treatment.

The precise mapping of tissues is of crucial importance in the preoperative plan for patients, as well as in their reassessment to evaluate the treatment results. Due to the absence of ionizing radiation, MRI is suitable for young patients, especially when monitoring requires regular reexaminations. MRI can be safely used on patients for whom a CT scan with IV administration of contrast medium is unsafe due to allergic reaction to iodine or due to renal failure. The contrast mediums used in MRI are not nephrotoxic (apart from gadolinium), while allergic reactions are extremely rare and generally mild.

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