Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique producing very detailed images of any part of the body without using ionising radiation.
We are pleased to accept referrals for MRI and will arrange the examination in Headington Oxford, Central London or Cheltenham as appropriate to the patient’s needs and the examination techniques required. We can arrange imaging at high field strength (3T or 1.5T) We have access to a superconducting magnet that allows investigation in a lying, standing or sitting position. We can arrange investigations using open magnets.
We will receive the images electronically and will provide the report in a secure online format with easy access to the images for the referring clinician.
A conventional MR scanner is tube shaped and open at each end. The area of the body to be scanned needs to be at the centre of the magnet in order to obtain the best images. Modern scanners have been designed to make the experience as pleasant as possible. The radiographer will explain exactly what will happen and will be watching you and in contact with you throughout the scan. If you suffer from claustrophobia however and are worried about being scanned you might consider an appointment on an ‘open’ MRI scanner. It should be noted however that if you are having your knee, lower leg, ankle or foot scanned, your head will be outside of the tube of a conventional scanner. We can also arrange examination in an open standing or sitting scanner which may be particularly important for problems in the limbs or spine.
MRI is a very safe technique; however scans are contraindicated on some patients such as those with certain implants in their body such as pacemakers or with metallic foreign bodies within the orbit. The scanning centre will check with you in advance of your appointment concerning safety information. Sometimes, additional information such as operation notes need to be obtained, so it is important to respond as soon as possible to any requests for safety information to avoid your appointment being postponed.