Here at Diagnostic Healthcare we provide our clients with number of diagnostic services including MRI Scans. Whether you are a private patient or NHS patient with whom we have an on-going partnership, we can offer state-of-the-art equipment and excellent client care. We are an industry leader in our field. We have facilities providing MRI Scans in the North West of England including both Manchester and Liverpool. If you require an appointment please don’t hesitate to call us on 0161 929 5679
Here are some of the benefits of dealing with Diagnostic Healthcare:
1) Immediate access to appointments
2) Affordable price of £325 per scan including reporting (no hidden cost)
3) Results within 5 working days
4) Qualified experienced team of consultant radiologists and MR radiographers.
What is MRI?
MRI means Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It is a non-invasive, painless, diagnostic scan which provides a detailed picture, allowing the radiologist to see internal organs.
An MRI scan can create clear pictures of most parts of the body. So, it is useful for all sorts of reasons where other tests (such as X-rays) do not give enough information required. It is commonly used to get detailed pictures of the brain and spinal cord, to detect abnormalities and tumours. Even torn ligaments around joints can be detected by an MRI scan. So, it is being used more and more following sports injuries.
The MRI scan can be used to detect the early stages of many conditions. Download our Diagnostic MRI leaflet
This early detection greatly improves patient outcomes.
Is it safe, does it hurts?
Unlike traditional X-rays and CT scans MRI does not require the use of ionising radiation. The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
Although the strong magnetic field is not harmful in itself, implanted medical devices that contain metal may malfunction or cause problems during an MRI exam.
How is the procedure performed?
You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Straps may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. Small devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or radiographer will insert an intravenous line (IV) into a vein in your hand or arm. A saline solution may be used. The solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV line until the contrast material is injected. This helps to enhance the images usually in parts of the body which has poor natural contrast.
You’ll be given either ear defenders or ear plugs to wear because of the scanner noise and an emergency bell if you need to call the radiographer during procedure.
How long will it take and when I will get my result?
- Most scans take around 20 minutes but can take up to 1hour, depending on the area being scanned.
- A radiologist will examine the images shortly after your visit and send a report to your doctor or consultant, normally within five days.
- You’ll need to make an appointment with your doctor or consultant to get.
Preparation for MRI
- You do not need to fast or follow special diet unless specified.
- MRI scanners use powerful magnetic fields. Metal items can distort MRI images and may be a safety hazard if they become attracted to the magnetic field, so before your scan you must remove all external metallic and electronic items. This includes items such as watches, jewellery, hairpins, keys, coins and mobile phones. You should also remove any wigs, dentures, make-up and hearing aids you are wearing.
- You should wear clothing without metal zips, fasteners, buttons, belts or buckles.
We have MRI facilities located in the North West of England including both Manchester and Liverpool, if you require an appointment please call us on 0844 335 8993.