What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a very powerful magnet and radio-frequency pulses to collect signals that are then processed by a computer to form a picture of the body part being studied. Images line up like slices from a loaf of bread.
MRI gives a detailed picture of the soft tissues of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels.
In most cases there is no special preparation and you can eat and drink normally.
If you think or know that you may have problems with enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) then it is advisable to contact us prior to the scan.
There are several techniques that the technologists will employ to assist you. However, if sedation is required you will need to arrange oral sedation with your doctor prior to the MRI examination.
If you are taking any pain medication please do so such that its peak action corresponds to the intended scan time.
Other medications should be taken as normal.
Do not wear eye make-up or hairspray if you are having a head scan.
On arrival, you will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire to ensure that you are eligible to be scanned.
Certain implants and metallic objects will exclude you from an MRI scan.
If you have worked in the welding industry or have ever had metal fragments in your eye then you MUST inform us so that you can have eye x-rays to ensure that no fragments remain.
It is imperative to have any metal fragments removed prior to the scan.
You may be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove all metal jewellery. You will be provided with a secure site to store your valuables including watch and wallet.
For some examinations your heartbeat may need to be recorded by placing small patches and wires on your back and chest.
Please bring any previous x-rays with you on the day of your examination