Magnetic Resonance Imaging, often referred to as MRI, is a scanning method used at Sevenoaks Medical Centre that gives a detailed image of the human body. Producing an accurate picture of the inside of the body, MRI can be used to determine diagnosis for many conditions and plan the best treatment programmes for patients.
The patient lies down during the MRI scanning procedure in a large tube. Using a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves, without ionising radiation, and computers, the scan produces a very detailed cross-sectional image of the patient’s internal body structure.
How MRI scans can help
MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre can be used on most parts of the body to help our consultants to diagnose different conditions. This includes:
- Spinal cord
- Cartilage and ligaments
- Intervertebral discs
- Organs, including the heart, bowel and brain
MRI scanning services cover all types of body scans, including orthopaedic and neurological types. Patients do not need to make specific preparations before most examinations. We perform specialised examinations, such as for the heart and bowel, where patients will need to make certain preparations. You’ll be informed when booking your appointment if this is necessary.
Knowing the MRI process
An MRI examination can take between 30 and 60 minutes, during which time it is important you remain still.
Before you enter the scanning room, you will need to remove any metallic objects you are wearing. We will also ask you to change into a hospital gown.
The MRI scanner can also be very noisy when it’s in operation. Headphones or earplugs will be provided to help reduce the noise.
For certain scans, we may need to administer a contrast agent (dye), which provides our experienced radiographers with a clearer image of specific body vessels. If this is the case, we will fully explain the process at your appointment, prior to you agreeing to the injection.
To helps us understand your previous medical history and prevent any accidents or injuries, we will provide you with a questionnaire to complete. Your radiographer will talk to you about this.
It is important to note, patients who have certain health conditions will not be able to use our MRI scanning service. This includes:
- Pregnant women
- Patients who have aneurysm clips
- Patients that have a pacemaker and specific heart valves – If this applies to you, please let us know the model of valve you have
- Patients who have metal within the eye. You may need to have an X-ray if you’re uncertain about this
Why you should choose MRI services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre
Cutting-edge 3T MRI technology – Designed with state-of-the-art technology, our MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre aim to effectively diagnose your condition, so we can quickly know what is the best treatment for you, should you need it.
Leading consultants and exceptional care – The top HPC-registered (Health & Care Professions Council) radiographers and consultants at Sevenoaks Medical Centre will conduct your MRI scan to give you a quick diagnosis and determine whether or not you need treatment. Our world-leading team will strive to ensure you always receive exceptional care when using our MRI scanning services.
Top treatment for the best outcome – We aim to give all patients same and next day appointments when using our MRI services. After we conduct your accurate and detailed scan, we can focus on reaching the best outcome for you – whether it’s to provide treatment for the best recovery, or to just give you peace of mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about the 3T MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, call 01732 775 800 to speak to a member of our qualified team or request an appointment online.