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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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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

Craig Webber
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Had bad shoulders due to playing cricket,mr jasper advised me proper and gave me good advise highly recommended

Khalil kashaf
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As an Osteopath, we sometimes need to send our patients for imaging to work out what is going on. It can be quite a rigmarole trying to get a referral through the GP and many private MRI companies are too expensive to recommend to a patient. I have now recommended nationalmriscan to many of my patients and they have honesty all had a brilliant experience. They have had scans booked within a few days of phoning (they actually apologised once for not being able to get them in the next day!)...

Sophie Taylor
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After suffering with lower back pain and leg pains/numbness for several weeks (unable to walk unaided, frequently falling over) and being shunned by the Cramlington hospital, I decided to go and see a chiropractor. Upon visiting my chiropractor and undergoing an initial examination, I was told my symptoms were too severe and it seemed like a serious spinal issue. My chiropractor told me there was nothing he could do until I had an MRI scan, which would hopefully shed a light on the issue, and al...

D Walters
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After suffering debilitating back and hip pain for months and being told by doctors that I had “pulled something” I decided to book an mri scan through National MRI Scan as I knew this amount of pain was not normal. I had my mri on the Thursday afternoon and by the Friday morning I had received my results by telephone. Jasper had been trying to get hold of me by telephone and by email, but he continuously called until he reached me. I was told that my pain was due to a spine infection (disc...

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