Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses strong radiation-free magnet and radio waves to make clear and accurate diagnostic images of the body structure in different orientations.
MRI General Questions
MRI is a method of obtaining images of a specified body region without radiation or x-ray technology. During an MRI scan, signals are sent through the body and then processed by the scanner to demonstrate the anatomy in different orientations.
MRI provides clear, detailed images of soft tissues, such as nerves, ligaments and joints, allowing referrers to obtain a more accurate diagnosis. What’s more, MRI offers unique information to help referrers better plan a patient’s treatment and care.
Because MRI technology is magnetic, it may not be possible to have a scan. Please discuss with your local clinic if you have the following:
- a heart pacemaker
- certain surgical clips within your head
- certain metallic heart valves
- certain inner ear valves
- metal fragments within your eye or head
- certain neuro-electrical stimulators.
An MRI is a safe and non-invasive procedure and one of the most common radiological tests we perform at Vision XRAY Group. For more information, we recommend reading our blog, What to expect with an MRI.
How to prepare for your MRI
- Please arrive five minutes before your appointment, as you’ll need to fill out some paperwork regarding safety and previous medical history. If this is your first MRI, our team will explain what to expect during your examination.
- Some MRI scans require special preparation. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on how to prepare for specific scans when you make your appointment.
- Please don’t forget to bring your referral when you come in for your appointment!
What to expect during your MRI scan
- Our radiographer will ask you to lie on a comfortable bed inside the MRI machine’s large cylinder. The cylinder is open at both ends in a spacious, well-lit, air-conditioned room.
- During your scan, it’s essential to remain as still as possible.
- You won’t feel anything during the scan. You will, however, hear the loud knocking sounds that the scanner emits while our radiographer obtains pictures of your body. This is completely normal! We provide earplugs, and some locations offer headphones with a choice of music.
- Scans take a minimum of 30 minutes, and our radiographer guides you via a microphone throughout.
Our MRI locations
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