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What is an MRI scan?

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. A combination of strong magnet and radio waves produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Unlike x-rays and CT (computerised tomography) scans, MRI scans do not use radiation.

An MRI scan to help us find the cause of your problem and the best treatment options for you. MRI scans are particularly good at identifying problems in the spine, brain, and joints. A standard x-ray does not give the same level of detail as an MRI scan.

Before Attending your MRI Scan:

  •  Ensure your MRI questionnaire is completed and your appointment is confirmed.
  •  Bring any previous X-rays or scans from other radiology practices.
  •  Remove all jewelry.
  •  Remove all body piercings.
  •  Avoid excess eye makeup or hair product.
  •  Remove any nail polish.
  •  If you have taken any sedation you will be unable to drive.

Eat and drink normally, and take your normal medications unless your appointment letter instructs you otherwise.

Arrive 15 minutes early for your scan. This will give our staff time to fully explain the scan to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Remove metal items such as your watch, coins, jewellery, credit cards and keys. Lock up boxes or locked cubicles for these items are available if required.

The Procedure

You will be required to change into a gown which we will provide.

You will have to remove all loose metallic items and all jewellery.

You will lie on a cushioned bed and glide into the scanner. You will hear a series of extremely loud knocking sounds from the scanner whilst being scanned. This is perfectly normal for this kind of scanner. We will provide you with either ear plugs or headphones to help reduce the noise level.

Our MRI technologist will be in contact with you at intervals during the scan, and we can hear you through an intercom at this time. We will give you a call bell to hold onto throughout the scan.

During the scan you will need to keep perfectly still as movement will degrade image quality.

Depending on what part of your body we are scanning, the whole process can last between 15 and 45 minutes.

Your referring doctor will receive the final scan report. This will normally take 3-4 working days but can take longer in some cases.

Your referring doctor will give you the results of the scan.

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