What is an MRI Scan?
MRI stands for 'Magnetic Resonance Imaging'. MRI utilises a magnetic field and radiowaves to create high resolution images that produce good contrast between the different tissues and organs of the body, which makes them especially useful in imaging the brain, muscles, heart and cancers.
Do I need an MRI?
You may consider an MRI scan if your GP or consultant believes it will provide information which will help to diagnose your potential condition, or if you are having a detailed health assessment which includes MRI as part of the programme.
You may not be suitable for an MRI scan however if you have certain surgical clips or other metal implants in your body (with the exception of artificial hips or bone screws). If you have a medical implant such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, cardioverter or other surgically implanted devices please inform your doctor prior to making an appointment.
We use Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI scanners which enable patients to choose their own music, lighting and wall images. This helps to create a calming effect and can eliminate the need for a general anaesthetic for children. The scanners also offer a 30% reduction in scan time compared to conventional machines, and a wider space to pass through, combining greater comfort with high image quality.
Should you need further treatment after your consultant receives the results, you can be quickly referred to the appropriate multi-disciplinary team at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
For further details read our MRI scan patient informationguide.