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MRI Information

Is any preparation necessary?

There is no special preparation for an MRI scan and you can eat and drink normally on the day of the scan. It is, however, best not to have large amounts of coffee or other food and drink that may make you restless.

Before the scan you will be asked to remove your watch, keys, coins, credit cards and phone cards so that you do not bring any metal or other materials into the MRI room as they can cause distortions to the pictures produced by the MRI scan.

On the day of the examination you must bring your previous X-rays, CT and MRI scans.

What will happen at my appointment?

When you arrive at the health clinic, you will be asked to complete and sign a questionnaire with a series of questions to find out if you have any medical conditions or metal implants in your body.

You will then be asked to get changed so that you do not have any metal items on you. You will then be positioned on the moveable examination table of the MRI scanner. Once the radiographer has positioned you inside the MRI scanner, he/she will go into an adjoining room. He/she will be able to see you at all times through a large window and will also be able to talk to you and listen to you through an intercom system.

He/she will ask you to remain as still as possible during the MRI scan and may also ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan.

Whilst scanning, MRI scanners make loud “clunking” or “buzzing” noises. These are quite normal but can be very loud. The radiographer may issue you with ear protection before helping you into the scanner.

As there is little room inside the tunnel, people who suffer from severe claustrophobia sometimes have problems with MRI scans. Please do let the radiographers know if this might be a problem, before the day of your appointment. If necessary, you can have a tablet or injection to calm you down before the scan. However, if you need a sedative, it needs to be organised in advance, so please let the health clinic know, when you book your appointment, if you think you’ll need a sedative. In addition, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the health clinic.

If your radiographer knows you are nervous, he/she will take extra care in making sure you are comfortable. You will be able to communicate with the radiographer by pressing the button of the intercom system.

Keeping your eyes closed throughout the MRI scan can sometimes help.

How will I understand the results and what may I need to do then?

Your results will be sent by post to your home and to your GP or consultant, five days after the examination. You will need to discuss your results with your GP in the first instance.

MRI Scans for Children

We welcome children at our health clinics and our staff are trained in their care. Specific time slots are reserved for children’s MRIs so that our paediatric team can spend more time with children and families.

For more information or to book your private or NHS MRI scan, please contact Diagnostic Healthcare:
Tel:+44 (0) 161 929 5679
Email: info@dhc.uk.com