MRI Scan MRI also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a form of scan used at HCA at Docklands that aims to provide a precise image of the human body. The outcome of the scan includes a comprehensive picture of the inside of the body which can be used to diagnose a wide range of conditions and also outline the best course of treatment.

At Docklands Healthcare, we are proud to have a Siemens 1.5 Tesla scanner, which produces optimum image quality across all scans. Our scans are recommended carefully by our expert team, to make sure that patients receive the most appropriate set of scans for their clinical history. Each patient will receive a CD of their images after their scan and the results will be sent on the requesting Consultant within 48 hours of the scan being completed.

What happens during an MRI scan?

Before entering the scan room, you will be requested to remove any metallic objects (e.g. jewellery) as well as to change into a hospital gown. This technique consists of the patient lying down in a large tube while the scan is taking place. With the help of a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves and computers our MRI produces high detailed cross-sectional images of the body’s internal structures.

It can take between 30 and 45 minutes until the MRI scan is completed. You should stay still while the examination is taking place.

The scanner can produce a lot of noise when in use, however we are able to provide headphones or earplugs to reduce the noise as well as reproduce different types of music to help you calm any anxieties you may experience. In some cases we will need to inject a contrast agent (dye), that helps provide our expert radiographers with an improved image of any particular vessels. This will be thoroughly explained to you at your appointment to make sure you are aware and agree with the procedure.

You will also need to fill out a questionnaire; this will help us understand your clinical history. You will be able to discuss this with your radiographer.

Please be aware that not all patients are fit to have an MRI scan. These include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with pacemakers in place in certain heart valves. If this is your case, please inform us your valve model
  • Patients with aneurysm clips
  • Patients who have metal within the eye (an X-ray may be required if you’re not sure)

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