Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method of obtaining images of a specified region of your body without the use of radiation or X-Ray technology. During an MR scan, signals are sent through the body then processed by the scanner to demonstrate anatomy in different orientations.
MR images demostrate soft tissues, such as nerves, ligaments and joints, with clarity that will allow your Doctor to obtain a more accurate diagnosis. What’s more, MRI offers unique information to help your Doctor better plan your treatment and care.
What will the MRI examination involve?
The most essential part of MRI is for you (the Patient) to remain as still as possible throughout the entire scan. You will be lying down for the entire procedure on a comfortable bed inside a large cylinder open at both ends in a room that is well lit and air conditioned.
You will not feel anything during the scan aside from hearing loud sounds emitted from the scanner, which is a loud ‘knocking’ sound. These sounds are emitted to obtain the pictures of your body and are normal. The Radiographer will be be in touch with you via a microphone and guide you through the entire study, which typically takes approximately 30 minutes. Headphones are available for the majority of scans with a choice of music.
Important safety Information
It is not possible to have an MRI scan if you have the following:
- A heart pacemaker
- Certain surgical clips within your head
- Certain metallic heart valves
- Certain inner ear valves
- Metal fragments within your eye or head
- Certain neuro-electrical stimulators
Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment as you will be required to fill out some paperwork with regards to safety and previous medical history. Our skilled radiographers will go through the process of explaning what to expect if you have not had an MRI previously.
Some MRI scans require special preparation. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the prepration for specific scans when making your appointment.
As always, please do not forget your referral when you come in for your appointment.