You will be sent to our department if you’re an outpatient needing an MRI scan.

An MRI scan is a painless procedure and can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the:

  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Bones and joints
  • Breasts
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Internal organs, such as the liver, womb or prostate gland.

The MRI scanner is operated by a radiographer, who is trained in carrying out imaging investigations. The scan lasts 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images that are taken.

During your MRI scan, you will lie on a bed that will be moved into the scanner either headfirst or feet first, depending on the part of your body being scanned.

Results from your scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan further treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

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You can be referred for a MR scan by your GP, hospital clinician or specialist practitioner nurse within their scope of practice.

If your scan is of an urgent nature you should hear about your MR scan within two weeks of the Radiology Department receiving it. If your scan is of a non-urgent nature, your scan appointment can be up to six weeks after we have received your request. 

Once the scan is complete a radiologist will report your scan. The results will then be available to your referrer, who will contact you to arrange for you to receive them.