Scan times vary depending upon the region to be scanned. Generally, it will take about 15-30 minutes once you are on the table. For your entire appointment, including paperwork, you should plan to be with us for 30 to 60 minutes.
Can I have an MRI if I might be pregnant?
If you think you might be pregnant you MUST inform our staff before your examination. It is preferable that pregnant patients, particularly during the First Trimester, do not use the MRI unless medically necessary. This decision will be made by your referring doctor and our radiologist.
What can I expect during my MRI?
After you check in;
We will ask you to complete a safety questionnaire which ensures your safety during the exam.
We will then help you to comfortably lie on the examination table. The table will move in and out of the cylindrical machine whilst your images are being taken.
The MRI machine makes some noise whilst scanning so you will be offered ear protection and music to listen to throughout the examination. Depending on what type of scan you are having you may require an injection. This will be discussed with you prior to proceeding.
Is the procedure painful?
An MRI is not painful.
What do I need to do to prepare for my MRI?
For most MRI examinations there is no specific preparation. If any preparation is required, you will be advised by our friendly reception staff at the time of making your appointment.
MRIs use giant magnets to create the pictures. Therefore, no metal objects can enter the MRI room. This includes body piercing, earrings, belts and jewellery
What should I wear?
Please wear loose fitting clothing with no metal pieces and minimal jewellery to your appointment if possible. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing, jewellery etc. and put on an examination gown. A secure locker is available for you to store your belongings.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Our MRI machine has a large opening to make it more comfortable than other MRI machines. During an MRI scan, nearly all our sans are performed with the patient positioned feet first. This means that your head will be out of the machine. You will also be able to communicate with us throughout the scanning procedure by using a 2-way intercom.
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