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MRI Scan App

This app for adults and children helps to ease fears following referral for an MRI scan. Experience a 360” virtual MRI scan (with realistic sounds); scan a virtual item; find out more about the steps from referral to results and have all your questions answered about the technology and process. This app is a great way to help you or your child find out in advance what it’s like to have an MRI scan. Turn on your sound; lie down and lean back; and move your tablet around to see what it’s really like to have an MRI scan. Download it here:

What to expect

One of our specialist team will meet you and help you to prepare for your scan. We will complete a safety checklist with you and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. You will be asked to sign a consent form before your scan. You will need to remove all metal objects such as clothing with zips, jewellery, hair grips and piercings before entering the scan room because of the powerful magnet that is used to scan. Credit cards are also affected by the magnet. A locker will be provided for these and other valuables.  As makeup can contain fine metallic particles which affect the pictures, please do not wear eye makeup if you are having a scan of your head or eyes. You will also need to remove any drug administration patches for the duration of the scan because they may contain metal or affect the dose delivered during the scan.

How long does an MRI scan take and when should I expect my results?

This depends on which part of the body is being scanned. Most simple scans are completed in 20-30 minutes. Although we try to keep to appointment times, we don’t always know beforehand exactly how long a particular scan will take. This means that occasionally an appointment time may be slightly delayed.

Your referrer should receive your scan report within 5-7 working days. We advise that you should make an appointment with your referrer to discuss the results. The radiographer will not be able to give you your results on the day of your scan as the images need to be studied and a report written by a specialist doctor.

Have a look around our MRI scanning rooms using the 360 degree navigable tour.

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