Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the body uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce highly-detailed, cross-sectional picture of organs and tissue inside your body.
It may be used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the brain and spinal cord, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
Clifton Park Hospital uses the latest MRI scanning technology to produce high quality imaging and, accurately identify and check on a range of conditions.
What is an MRI Scan?
An MRI scan is a non-invasive and painless scan used to examine the inside of your body, using strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images.
An MRI scanner is a large tube with a table in the middle that allows you to slide inside the tube during the scan.
It is also different to a CT scan and X-ray, as it does not use ionizing radiation.
What are MRI Scans used for?
An MRI scan will be used to examine your bones and joints to assess injury or abnormalities.
What happens during an MRI Scan?
During an MRI scan, you will lie on a flatbed that slides into the scanner. You may go head first or feet first, depending on your body part being scanned.
It can take 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images being taken. You will need to stay as still as possible during the scan.
A radiographer, who is a healthcare professional that specialises in the imaging of human anatomy, will operate the MRI scanner using a computer in a different room to keep it away from the magnetic field produced by the scanner.
You can talk to the radiographer during your MRI scan through an intercom.
The MRI scanner will make loud tapping noises during your scan as the electric current in the scanner coils are turned on and off. You can wear headphones or earplugs.
Are MRI Scans safe?
MRI scans are one of the safest medical procedures. There has been extensive research into whether the magnetic fields and radio waves used during MRI scans could present a risk to the human body, and no evidence has been found.
MRI scans are not recommended if you have any metal in your body or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
MRI Scan results
After your MRI scan a radiologist, who is a doctor trained to supervise and interpret radiology exams, will examine the images to check if any more are needed and then prepare a report for the requesting doctor.
You will need to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results.
Your scan results can help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and determine how effective previous treatment has been.
A follow-up exam may be needed and your doctor will explain the reason if this is the case. It could be that a potential abnormality needs further evaluation with additional views or a special imaging technique or, to see if there is any change in an abnormality over time, for example if treatment is working or the abnormality has stabilised.
MRI Scans with Clifton Park Hospital
Clifton Park Hospital is pleased to offer patients on-site MRI scans performed by trained and experienced radiographers and reported by highly qualified consultant radiologists.
We offer convenient appointments without waiting and full reporting. We accept self-referrals for a private MRI scan, as well as referrals from a physician.
Contact us to book an appointment!