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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a unique way of showing structures in the body using a strong magnetic field and harmless low energy radio waves.  No x-rays are used.

What Happens During the Scan?
You lie on a special table which moves into the tunnel of the machine.  You need to keep very still during the examination.  The scan can take from 30 minutes to an hour.  At times the machine makes loud knocking noises. 

Some people find the tunnel in the machine confining.  Please inform staff at the time of your booking if you know you are very claustrophobic (uncomfortable in small spaces).  

Is Any Special Preparation Necessary?
All loose metal objects, safety pins, hairclips, watches and credit cards must be left outside the scan room.  Lockers are provided.

Patients will be required to complete a questionnaire to ensure it is safe for you to go into the MRI machine.  If you answer "yes" to any questions it is very important that you inform staff at the time you make your appointment.

Where Procedure is Performed
The MRI scanner is situated at the end of the CT corridor in the Middlemore Galbraith Block.  The hours of service are 8.30am - 5pm.

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This page was last updated at 11:00AM on September 10, 2019.