MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
The Imaging Centre at Spire Tunbridg Wells offers a daily, fixed site scanning service from its new MRI scanner.
The new state-of-the-art MRI scanner will provide spinal, neurological, musculo-skeletal, orthopaedic, vascular, urological, abdominal and breast MRI procedures. Magnetic resonance imaging is an increasingly important diagnostic tool and complements the existing services offered by the hospital’s imaging department including CT scanning, ultrasound, mammography and X-ray.
The new scanner is amongst the quietest around and its advanced design has reduced noise by 97%.
For claustrophobic patients, the scanner can perform feet first exams for nearly all procedures and for obese patients, it supports up to 250kg, without table movement restrictions.
Having an MRI scan
This section is for people who are having an MRI scan. Your care may differ from what is described here because it is adapted to meet your individual needs, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice. Please raise any concerns or questions with your doctor or radiographer. It is natural to feel anxious before your test, but knowing what to expect can help.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a special technique that uses magnets and radiowaves to produce two and threedimensional pictures of the inside of your body.MRI does not use X-rays. MRI can help diagnose and monitor many
different medical conditions. It’s suitable for every part of the body, including the bones, soft tissues (such as blood vessels, ligaments and muscles) and the brain.
Is MRI suitable for you?
Not everyone can have an MRI scan. The magnetic field from the scan affects
metals such as iron, nickel and steel. Please tell your doctor if you have:
• a heart pacemaker
• metal prosthetic heart valves
• aneurysm clips (metal clips on arteries)
• metal pins, rods or screws in your bones
• inner ear implants
• an IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive
device) or coil
• body piercing
• shrapnel or gunshot wounds
• had pieces of metal removed from your
eyes or head
• any other implant in the body
Your doctor will discuss with you whether it is safe for you to have an MRI scan.
What are the risks?
An MRI scan is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure. In order to make an informed decision and give your
consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications for this procedure.
These are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects of a successful procedure.Very rarely, you may sense a warm feeling or get a metallic taste in your mouth after having a contrast injection. These sideeffect should last only a minute or two.
This is when problems occur during or after the procedure. Complications from an MRI scan test are uncommon and most people are not affected. In rare cases, it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to the contrast injection. If you experience any itching or difficulty in breathing tell your radiographer immediately. Medicines are available to treat any allergic reaction. Most people do not mind having part of their body in a MRI scanner. But if you feel at all worried about this, please tell your doctor or radiographer. Young children and people who cannot stay still may be offered a sedative before having the scan. Your doctor will explain the benefits and risks of having an MRI scan and will also discuss alternatives to the procedure.
The information contained in this section is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice nor is it intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment.