State-of-the-Art MRI Scans at Our MRI Centre – Book Your Appointment Today
Here at the North West Independent Hospital, we offer MRI diagnostic imaging services at our state-of-the-art MRI Centre. These services are operated by Alliance Medical, one of Europe’s largest providers of MRI diagnostic imaging services.
What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical scanning procedure that uses radio waves and strong magnetic fields to create detailed images of various parts of the body. Able to produce images of the inside of the body, MRI is one of the most insightful and innovative of all diagnostic scanning procedures.
We use MRI scanning to examine many parts of the body, including:
- the bones and joints
- the spinal cord and brain
- internal organs such as the womb, prostate gland and liver
- the heart and blood vessels
Your MRI scan results can be used to help us to diagnose and treat a number of different conditions. Further MRIs can help us to assess how effective your prescribed treatments have been and whether we need to plan further treatments.
What Happens During an MRI Scan?
We aim to ensure that you are totally comfortable and at ease during every stage of the MRI scanning procedure. The process can last between 15 and 90 minutes, during which time you will need to lie as still as possible. The scanner will be operated by one of our experienced radiographers who will ensure you know how long your scan is going to last and what to expect.
You will be in a separate room, but you will have direct contact with the radiographer at all times through the intercom system. They will also be able to see you on their monitor during each stage of the scan to ensure you are comfortable and everything is as it should be.
During certain parts of the scan, you will hear loud tapping noises. This is nothing to worry about; it is simply the scanner coils being switched on and off. We will give you headphones or earplugs to wear for your comfort and safety.
How Should I Prepare for My Scan?
Unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or one of our consultants, there are usually no special preparations before an MRI scan. We do ask that you try to wear clothes without any metal fastenings such as zips, buckles or hooks, and that you leave jewellery and other valuable possessions at home. We will also ask you to complete a patient questionnaire so that we can assess your suitability for an MRI scan. For example, if you have a pacemaker or specific metal implants, you may not be suited to this type of procedure.
Leading the Way in Diagnostic Scanning – Book Your Appointment Today
Here at the North West Independent Hospital, we offer a wide range of diagnostic assessments designed to help us investigate a number of conditions. An MRI scan can be very beneficial in giving us insight into what is going on inside your body and in guiding us towards the most suitable treatment for you. We have years of experience of working with MRI and other medical examination technologies.