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What Is An MRI Scan?


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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Client Testimonials

As part of my treatment, Mr. Nissim decided that before he treated my neck he wanted a second opinion by means of an MRI through National MRI Scan Ltd. Within two days Leicester Nuffield Hospital had contacted me to arrange an appointment at my convenience, and this was arranged within 6 days of them being contacted. Leicester Nuffield Hospital is a very friendly and efficient place and I was seen at exactly the time arranged, and I left the building with a copy of my scan. The results were s...

Robin O'Brien

I had experienced for a number of years an extremely stiff and painful neck and suddenly developed pain in both arms whilst doing some DIY.I became very worried. National MRI Scan was able to refer me to InHealth at the Nottingham City Hospital where I had an MRI of my neck. I received the results and pictures within 6 days. It was such a relief to discover that there wasn’t anything sinister going on and the MRI clearly showed the problem to be degenerative changes.

D Reville

Having suffered from a low back complaint associated with irritable bowel syndrome since my early 20’s National MRI Scan was able to recommend the correct MRI scans which has revealed that the problems I have had for 14 years are related to a disc problem. Following the scans I was referred to a Rheumatologist who asked for an Orthopaedic Surgeons view for further assessment. I have spent the past 8 years attempting to discover what my problem is and at last my search is over. I feel a total s...

Richie Pinder

I have had hip pains for over 6 years and I was unable to get an NHS scan. National MRI Scan referred me and four days later I had my results, all for £295. I have now been advised that I will require a hip replacement. Without this scan I would have continued to suffer.

Mr Colin Stevens

National MRI Scan were able to organise a fast MRI for my neck which has troubled me for many years. I was then able to show these results to my GP . This service allowed me to get an MRI scan very quickly and at a very reasonable price.

Mrs Rachel T

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