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What Is An MRI Scan?

Introduction

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets. You lie inside the tube during the scan.

It is a safe, painless technique with no known risks, provided the safety questionnaire is correctly completed. Please ensure you read the information sent to you in full.

Due to the magnet used by the scanner, people with certain types of medical implants or devices may not be able to be scanned.

Some examples: people fitted with a pacemaker, some types of head surgery, certain metal implants or if there has ever been any injury to the eyes involving metal fragments.

Please remove all metal from your body including loose change from your pockets.

An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including:

  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Bones and joints
  • Breasts
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Muscles and ligaments
  • Internal organs such as the liver, womb or prostate gland

The results of the MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

Preparation For The Scan

Once you’ve checked in at reception, a member of the radiography team will meet you, explain the procedure, go through your safety questionnaire with you and ask you to sign a consent form. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions about the scanning process.

We might ask you to change into a hospital gown. We’ll provide somewhere to store your personal possessions. Throughout the procedure, the Radiography team will look you after you. They will explain what’s happening and will be there if you experience any discomfort.

We might need to give you an injection (known as a contrast medium) to increase the amount of information we can get from the scan, depending on the area we’re scanning.

During The Scan

The Radiographer operating the scanner will be able to see and hear you throughout the procedure. The examination consists of several scans, each lasting a few minutes with a short pause between each one. The entire procedure will take between quarter of an hour and one hour, depending on which part(s) of your body we’re scanning.

We’ll ask you to lie down on the scanner bed and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable so you can stay as still as possible. You won’t feel anything, but there is some mechanical noise from the equipment so we’ll provide you with some ear defenders or earplugs.

For safety reasons, we won’t normally allow anyone accompanying you to come into the examination room whilst the scan is in progress. However, it this is necessary, we will have to carry out the same safety checks for them as we have done for you.

After The Scan

There are no restrictions on normal activity, you can eat and drink normally, drive and return to work immediately after the scan. If we’ve given you a contrast medium injection, we will check you before you leave the scanner.

During the MRI scan, there may be literally hundreds of images taken. As this procedure doesn’t use X-rays, from a safety viewpoint, there is no real limit to the number of images we can take.

The digital images are stored onto a computer hard drive and the operator will check the images for technical quality and to ensure that every view required has been taken during the procedure.

The images are then reported by a Consultant Radiologist, a Doctor who specialises in the interpretation of diagnostic images. The report is usually done soon after the scan, often on the same day. You will be contacted in person regarding your results by one of our medical team to let you know what you need to do next. The report will then be sent to, and available at your follow-up appointment with your GP or a Consultant if this is deemed necessary.

The radiologist will send a report to National MRI Scan Ltd and you will then be contacted by one of our medical team.

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I just can't recommend this company and it's team highly, or strongly enough. Incredibly professional, yet approachable and friendly. Instantly I felt reassured with Jaspers' and Dr Latiefs' advise and help in processing the referrals. I discovered National MRI Scan Ltd on a google search, and was so relieved to find I could self-refer - saving the hassle and stress of going through the GP surgery, and saving the cost of a consultants fee on top. I was at an absolute loss, and have struggled...

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I have been suffering with chronic back pain since 2011, an MRI scan in 2011 highlighted a serious spinal cord compression in the cervical spine that needed immediate surgery, it also found a less significant problem in the lumbar spine. In 2013 the lumbar spine worsened with another cord compression and required surgery and 2015 the same problem flared up again that required revision surgery. The back pain I will always have but recently I began to experience all the symptoms I had back in 2...

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Organised an MRI scan for my daughter, such a simple and efficient service with regular communication and personal updates throughout. Report and disc received within the week with additional time invested to pass on some explanation and advice. Many thanks, highly recommend

Susanne
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Fantastic service from start to finish. Ordered my MRI on the Saturday, was contacted on the Sunday, booked in for Wednesday and results by Friday. Really great for quick answers and will definitely use again

Hayley
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I booked an MRI scan with this company as I have suffered with long term back problems and the waiting list for the NHS to see a surgeon was years. I Was seen really quickly and the service was exceptional. Would highly recommend using them. Saves a lot of time waiting anxiously for it to be done on the NHS. I have already had the results and they were extremely helpful with what treatment I require. This whole process has probably saved me a year of waiting . Thank you

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