Your Questions Answered
For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of some common questions and answers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Drop us a line and our support team will be happy to find the answer for you.
What is an open MRI?
An open MRI scanner is designed differently to the traditional scanner, they are better suited for people with claustrophobia or anxiety. Instead of laying on a flat bed that going inside the traditional tunnel shaped scanner, an open MRI allows you to see the whole room around you more clearly and focuses on one body part rather than the whole.
Can i wear make up?
Please try and avoid make up or mascara because some of these materials can create artifacts and interrupt on the scan images.
Can i wear my wedding ring?
Prior to entering the MRI scanning room, you will be asked to remove all metallic objects including hearing aids, dentures, body piercings and medical patches, this does include your sentimental jewelry.
Can i wear any jewelry?
No, you cannot wear any jewelry for the full duration of your scan.
Is an MRI scan safe?
Yes – MRI scanning is painless, safe, and non-invasive medical imaging technique. However not everyone makes a suitable candidate for an MRI e.g., people with implants, pacemaker.
For more information call our Head office on 03300010048
My pacemaker is ‘MRI safe’ so can I still have an MRI?
No – we do not accept patients with pacemakers or implantable devices. Some pacemakers are MRI safe, but they still must be electronically disabled by a cardiologist which we do not have available here at our clinic.
If you have any more questions regarding if you are MRI safe, contact the Head office on 03300010048 and leave a message, including your full name and contact details.
Can I have an MRI scan if I am in a wheelchair or have mobility issues?
So long as you have slight mobility, and you can stand and move around while being supported you can have an MRI here with us. Wheelchairs are not MRI safe and cannot be taken into the scanning area.
We are happy to support patients in getting on and off the bed, but patients must be able to assist and support themselves to a degree.
How long does a scan take?
An MRI scan usually takes between 30 to 40 minutes, but the actual duration of the scan varies depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images that need to be taken.
Is a scan noisy?
MRI scanners make loud tapping noises. The noise is generated from magnetic fields cycling on and off to take images. We'll give you earphones and/or earplugs, and music may be available during the procedure.
Is it comfortable?
Our MRI scanner comes with pads, cushions and supports to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the scan. It is important to be comfortable in the scanner so that you can keep still for the duration of the procedure.
When will I receive my results?
Our Consultant Radiologist will analyse and report on your scan.
We aim to deliver all reports to your GP or referrer and yourself via email within 3 working days.
What happens after the scan?
There are no after effects from the scan. You can return to your normal activities as soon as the scan is over. The images from the scan are studied by a Consultant who will prepare a written report to send to your referrer. If anything needs urgent attention, you will be contacted immediately. We are always keen to hear feedback and have patient feedback forms available.