Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

A powerful diagnostic device that can produce high-quality images in multiple planes or directions

Having an MRI scan

MRI has become the investigation of choice for many neurological and musculoskeletal conditions and is used in all areas of the body. It helps identify problems in soft tissue in particular nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

The images are generated using superconducting magnets and pulsed radio waves. It has been in use since the early 1980s and has no known side-effects.

Important things to tell us
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Before you arrive
Preparation for the scan
During the scan
After the scan

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Wonderful, clean, spacious building. Helpful, friendly, professional staff. I was looked after very well.

All of the staff, from reception to all the nurses and MRI scanning team, were absolutely lovely. Very friendly and caring, and kept me well informed throughout.