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MRI Scan

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, usually 2-D images of the inside of your body. MRI scans can show muscles, joints, bone marrow, blood vessels, nerves and other structures within your body and are commonly used to examine the brain, spine, abdomen and pelvis. 

MRI scanning is one of the safest imaging techniques available and can be used to produce images of almost any part of the body from all angles. The detail in these images is so good that a lesion as small as 2mm can be seen. 

The Procedure
You can drink and eat as normal before most MRI scans. An MRI scan should take between 30 to 60 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. 

The procedure is painless, but can be very noisy. You will lie on a comfortable couch, which is moved into and through the MRI scanner, which is like a short tunnel, open at both ends. You will be asked to lie very still and will be able to speak to and hear the MRI staff at all times. For a knee MRI scan you will go into the tunnel feet first so your head will remain outside.

It’s important to tell your radiographer before your scan if you have a: 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Cardiac pacemaker 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Artificial limb or joint artificial heart valve 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Metal clips on blood vessels in your brain 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Screws, plates or staples from previous surgery 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Cochlear (inner ear) implants 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Contraceptive coil fitted 

http://www.mrsimonellis.co.uk/Simon%20Ellis%20Bullet%20Point.png Metal particle in your eye

If you are pregnant, or there is a possibility you may be, please tell the radiographer before your scan.