What is an MRI Scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.
An MRI scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets. You lie inside the tube during the scan.
An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the:
- brain and spinal cord
- bones and joints
- heart and blood vessels
- internal organs, such as the liver, womb or prostate gland
The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.
What happens during an MRI scan?
During an MRI scan, you lie on a flatbed that’s moved into the scanner. Depending on the part of your body being scanned, you’ll be moved into the scanner either head first or feet first.
The MRI scanner is operated by a radiographer, who is trained in carrying out imaging investigations. They control the scanner using a computer, which is in a different room, to keep it away from the magnetic field generated by the scanner. You’ll be able to talk to the radiographer through an intercom and they’ll be able to see you on a television monitor throughout the scan.
At certain times during the scan, the scanner will make loud tapping noises ( you’ll be given earplugs to wear). This is the electric current in the scanner coils being turned on and off.
It’s very important to keep as still as possible during your MRI scan.
The scan lasts 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many images are taken.
What is an Ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan, or a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.
An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures.
What happens during an Ultrasound?
Most ultrasound scans last between 15 and 45 minutes.
An external ultrasound scan is when lubricating gel is put onto the skin to allow a small handheld probe to move smoothly across the skin on the part of the body being examined. The gel ensures there’s continuous contact between the probe and the skin.
An external ultrasound can be used to examine muscles and joints along with organs such as the liver, kidneys and other organs in the tummy and pelvis.
You shouldn’t feel anything when having an external ultrasound other than the sensor and gel on your skin (which is often cold).
Bookings and prices
Please see our prices below:
You MUST have an initial consultation with us before we can send you for a referral.
MRI’s – £300-£700
Ultrasound – £140
Echocardiogram – £350
Appointments are available within a month and a full report will be provided 3-4 days after the scan.
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