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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses simple radio waves
in conjunction with a very powerful magnet to produce computerised
sectional images of various parts of the body. Unlike some
other imaging methods, MRI does not use X-Rays and has no
known side-effects. The following information will tell you
a little about what to expect from your scan but if you have
any questions please ask the radiographer when you come for
- Routine Brain
- C-Spine Complete
- C-Spine Limited
- T-Spine Complete
- T-Spine Limited
- L-Spine Complete
- MRI with or without contrast
Although there are no known side-effects associated with
MRI, there are certain people who we cannot scan for safety
reasons. They are people with pacemakers, metal fragments
in their eyes, surgical clips or certain other types of implants.
For this reason you will be asked to fill in a medical questionnaire
and the radiographer will check your replies with you. We
also try to avoid scanning patients during the early stages
of pregnancy unless there are good medical reasons for doing
When you arrive
Your safety questionnaire will be checked, the radiographer
will explain the procedure to you and will answer any
questions you may have.
You will be asked to remove all metallic objects, credit
cards, jewellery, spectacles and possibly, make-up (mascara
You may also be asked to change into a hospital gown.
Once you are ready for your scan, the radiographer will
position you on the scanner bed and make you as comfortable
as possible. It is vital that you lie perfectly
the scan – being
comfortable will help.
During the scan you will hear loud, rhythmic knocking sounds.
This is normal and you will be given ear protection if requested
to keep noise to a minimum.
Click here to
hear a wave file of the typical sound of an MRI Scanner in
After the scan
Once the scan is finished you may go. The many images we
have obtained will be studied by a radiologist (a doctor
expert in the interpretation of MRI scans) who will send
his report to the doctor who sent you for the scan.