Diagnostic Healthcare puts your health first
Diagnostic Healthcare in Manchester is an advanced diagnostic screening facility offering screening services unrivalled elsewhere in the North West. The clinic provides advanced diagnostic screening services designed to reduce the risk of debilitating diseases, for both NHS and private patients.
What is an MRI scan?
MRI means Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It is a non-invasive, painless, diagnostic scan which provides a detailed picture, allowing the radiologist to see internal organs.
An MRI scan can create clear pictures of most parts of the body and so it is useful for all sorts of reasons where other tests (such as X-rays) do not give enough information required. It is commonly used to get detailed pictures of the brain and spinal cord, to detect abnormalities and tumours. Even torn ligaments around joints can be detected by an MRI scan. As a result, it is being used more and more following sports injuries.
The MRI scan can be used to detect the early stages of many conditions. This early detection greatly improves patient outcomes.
How is the MRI scan carried out?
You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Straps may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. Small devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
The MRI scanner is like a short tunnel, open at both ends. You will be asked to lie very still and will be able to speak to and hear the MRI staff at all times.
MRI scan precautions
For most people, there is no danger associated with having an MRI scan. However, some people should not have an MRI scan. It’s important to contact Diagnostic Healthcare before your scan if you have:
A heart pacemaker
Any type of metal implant
had an operation to your brain or heart
had a metal foreign object within the eye
a possibility you may be, pregnant
A kidney problem
How long will it take and when I will get the result of my MRI scan?
- Most scans take around 20 minutes but can take up to 1 hour, depending on the area being scanned.
- A Consultant Radiologist will examine the images shortly after your visit and send a report to your doctor or consultant, normally within 48 hours.
- You'll need to make an appointment with your doctor or consultant to get your results
Preparation for MRI scanning
You do not need to fast or follow special diet unless specified.
MRI scanners use powerful magnetic fields. Metal items can distort MRI images and may be a safety hazard if they become attracted to the magnetic field, so before your scan you must remove all external metallic and electronic items. This includes items such as watches, jewellery, hairpins, keys, coins and mobile phones. You should also remove any wigs, dentures, make-up and hearing aids you are wearing.
You should wear clothing without metal zips, fasteners, buttons, belts or buckles
Other scanning and screening services available
Where can I get an MRI scan?
Your MRI scan can be performed in the following locations:
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd: Manchester Clinic and Headquarters
3 Bridgewater Embankment
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd: additional Manchester site (Oaklands Hospital)
19 Lancaster Road
Greater Manchester, M6 8AQ
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd: Liverpool Site
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd: Birmingham Clinic
1a Alton Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 7DU
(above; Bournbrook Varsity Medical Centre)
Oldham Integrated Care Centre (ICC)
New Radcliffe Street
Clatterbridge Hospital: Clatterbridge Road
Ever growing national location list please see map
Tel: 0161 929 5679
Fax: 0161 941 6486
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