Magnetic Resonance Imaging (M.R.I.) is a technique used to obtain high definition images of the head and body. MRI does not use x–rays, is painless and has no known side effects. It requires no special preparation and you may eat and drink normally prior to your examination. Please take any prescribed medication as usual.
MRI combines a powerful magnet, low power radio-waves and a computer to produce the images. Because of the powerful magnet, metal objects cannot be taken into the examination room, so if possible please leave at home: Jewellery, Credit cards, Keys and Coins. There will be lockers provided for any valuables that you may have to bring with you.
PLEASE NOTE: although we take the utmost care to protect your property, we cannot take responsibility for it in the event of loss.
If possible please attend wearing clothing which contains no metal (e.g. zips or buttons) such as a tracksuit. In the event of this not being possible a gown will be provided.
Eye make-up especially mascara can effect the image, so please avoid wearing any if you are having your head or neck scanned.
Contact lenses may have to be removed, so bring along the necessary equipment.
Before you enter the examination room a staff member will go through your questionnaire with you and answer any questions you may have.
DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES.
With the agreement of the radiographic staff you may, if you wish, be accompanied into the examination room. However, the same safety rules apply to the person accompanying you and they will also need to complete a questionnaire.
Once you are in the examination room you will be made comfortableon a sliding couch, which is then positioned in the scanner. The scanner itself is short tube open at both ends. You will need to try to relax and stay as still as possible during each scan.
During the scan the Radiographer will be able to see you, and hear you via a two way intercom. In addition, you will be given an alarm button. Music is provided and you may wish to bring your own CD with you.
It is sometimes necessary to give an injection to help enhance the details of the images. This will be discussed with you if it is needed.
The complete scan will take between 20 and 40 minutes. While the scanner is collecting information you will hear a loud repetitive tapping noise.
Remember, if at any time during the scan you need something, all you need to do is call.
Important Safety Information
If you have a pacemaker, you cannot go into the examination room.
If you have had surgery where metal clips or implants have been inserted in your body, it may affect your scan.
If you have ever in the past, no matter how long ago, had a metal fragment enter your eye–you may have to have a X-ray prior to your scan.
If you are or think you may be pregnant, please inform us immediately as this may affect the timing of your appointment.
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