MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is a way of taking pictures inside the body without using x-rays. An MRI scanner is a large, hollow tube open at both ends. A strong magnetic field and radio waves are used to create images of organs and other structures inside you. It is a safe, painless technique with no known risks, provided the safety questionnaire is correctly completed.
Try to wear comfortable, loose clothing with minimal metal fastenings (such as zips and press studs/poppers) although you may be asked to change into a gown for your scan. You may prefer to leave valuable items at home. Please contact your referrer for your results and further information. Results usually take a few days to be processed but our staff will advise you on the day as to how long you will need to wait.
Watch our short video on the MRI Patient Journey to see what is involved in having a MRI scan at one of our clinics.
The time taken for the scan will vary depending on what is being scanned but on average can take 20 to 40 minutes.
The MRI scanner will make loud and unusual noises whilst taking your pictures. Earphones and/or earplugs will be given, and music may be available.
The MRI scanner uses a powerful magnet so people with certain types of medical implants or devices may not be able to be scanned. Please remove all metal from your body including loose change from your pockets.
You will be given a call bell whilst having your scan. Should you need to stop simply squeeze this and a member of staff will be straight in.
We will use pads, cushions and supports to help make you more comfortable for the scan. It is important to be as comfortable as possible from the beginning to help you keep still throughout.
An MRI scanner is a large, hollow cylinder open at both ends. A strong magnetic field and radio waves are used to create images of organs and other structures inside you.
A ‘receiving device’ like an aerial, may be placed behind or around the part of the body being examined. This detects the tiny radio signals emitted from the body during the scan.
There is an intercom in the scanner so you will be able to talk to the MRI operator between scans.
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Injections and drug administration in MRI
As part of your MRI scan it may be necessary to be given an injection, most commonly into a vein in your arm, for administering a special ‘dye’ or contrast media, called gadolinium, or a drug called Buscopan.