A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan makes use of magnetic fields, radio waves, and a computer to create and produce detailed images of inside the body. MRI scans are not like x-rays and CT scans that use ionisation radiation to produce pictures from angles and soft tissues in the body.
An MRI scan examines almost every part of the body, and the result from the scan can be used in the diagnosis of different conditions. Results of MRI scans can also be used to assess a previous treatment plan and also as a treatment plan. It is mostly used to scan the brain, spinal cord, bones, pelvic region, blood vessels, heart, joints, and breasts.
The radiographer will ask you to lie flat on a table that slides into a large tube with powerful scanner magnets (MRI scanner). The magnets in the machine will pull the protons in your body into a uniform direction. The machine then sends short bursts of radio waves to certain parts of your body. The short waves and the radio signals from the protons will combine to produce a detailed image of inside your body.
The procedure is painless but produces a lot of noise so you may need to use an earplug. An MRI scan can take between 15 – 90 minutes depending on the part of your body that needs examination, but you will be told how long your scan will be before the procedure.
During the scan, it will be required of you to stay very still. It is normal to feel nervous but you have to try your best to relax. The radiographer will be able to listen and speak to you during the procedure so you can talk to him/her if you feel uneasy.
You can breathe normally during an MRI scan, but there are times when you will be asked to hold your breath.
Usually, MRI scans are required as a further investigation of a body part. You may need an MRI scan for the following
If you have any health concern and you think you need an MRI, you can book an appointment for a 15-minute GP consultation at London GP Clinic. You would advise you on what to do and if necessary, provide you with a same-day referral to our partner clinic for a private MRI scan.
Call us today on 020 70434318for your MRI scan.