Bournemouth Open Upright MRI
One of a few Open Upright MRI scanners in the country. We offer what conventional scans can’t. From providing patients with claustrophobia and mobility issues a specialist environment to be scanned in, to being able to take weight bearing scans, the benefits to open upright MRI are countless. Whether you’re a patient, healthcare professional, or researcher, our friendly MRI team is here to help.
Book an appointment today
We are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
To make an appointment you will need to be referred by your GP or healthcare professional. If you are a GP or healthcare professional please complete our referral form and we will get in touch with your patient to arrange an appointment.
How to find us
We're located in the chiropractic clinic at AECC University College (behind the main AECC building.) There’s free parking onsite (please use car park 2) and on the roads around the campus.
Bournemouth Open Upright MRI
What Three Words
Our What3Words address is ///bottle.secret.echo which is more specific that our postcode. You can enter it into the free what3words app, or desktop map to find us hassle-free.
What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the inside of your body. Conventional scanners - those you’ll see in most hospitals - take these images while you lie down in an enclosed tube. An Open Upright MRI Scanner is completely open and allows for a much wider variety of scanning positions. This makes it appealing to those with mobility issues, claustrophobia, and also allowing scanning of weight bearing positions.
MRI is a very safe procedure which millions of people undergo every year. You’ll hear some noises while the scanner works, but you won’t feel a thing.
What to expect when you visit
When you arrive please head to the main clinic reception, located in Car Park 2 (behind the main AECC building.) Reception staff will show you the waiting area where we will come to collect you from.
The first thing we tell our patients is that there are no known risks of MRI scanning and it is considered to be very safe. There are some standard safety checks that we will take you through before your scan and then we will take you through to the MRI room
Your examination will be carried out by qualified MRI Radiographers. Depending on which part of the body we are scanning this can take up to one hour. The Consultant Radiologist, who specialises in reading scans, will then send a report to your doctor or healthcare professional within 7 days.
There are no known side-affects to MRI so afterwards you will be perfectly fine to drive, return to your day as necessary.
For more information on what to expect please refer to the FAQs below or you can download our preparing for an MRI guide.
Open Upright MRI FAQs
We don't accept self-referrals, you must be referred by a health professional who is registered with a public regulatory body, such as a GP, osteopath, chiropractor or consultant. However you may wish to download our referral form and pass this onto your healthcare professional.
Download referral form
After the scans have been reported on by one of our Consultant Radiologists, the results will be sent to your referrer via Egress email, IEP Anyone, fax or post, this will take a few days. Your results will come via your referrer and not our department.
Only your referrer can supply you with the results of the MRI scan.
We are able to send your images to you digitally via a secure portal called IEP Anyone. We will need to be provided with an email address and a mobile number to facilitate this.
We offer free parking for patients and visitors via carpark 2 (directly outside the clinic)
Patients with any of the below should not undergo a MRI:
- Cochlear implants
- Electronically, magnetically and mechanically activated implants like pacemakers
- Ferromagnetic or electronically operated active devices like cardioverter defibrillators
- Metallic splinters in the eye
- Ferromagnetic haemostatic clips in the brain
If you have an implant of any kind, including insulin pumps and prosthetic heart valves, please
inform your referrer so that they can ensure that you will be able to have an MRI scan
Yes, you may be accompanied to the scan.
However, due to safety reasons, your chaperone may not be allowed into the scanning room if they have any of the prohibited items on or in them.
They are more then welcome to wait for you in the reception area, or in our campus café.
MRI itself is not uncomfortable, however you may find that keeping still in one position for the
duration of the scan may cause some discomfort. The MRI Radiographer will endeavour to minimize
this and will offer pads and pillows to aid comfort.
There are no known side affects to MRI treatment. You will be safe to eat and drink normally afterwards, drive, and return to your day as normal
Hear from our patients and service users
My Chiropractor referred me to AECC a few years back for an ultrasound scan. Thanks to them, I was finally able to get my GP to listen when I repeatedly said something wasn't right with my hip. X-rays, MRI, CT, Physiotherapy and a referral to a specialist all happened thanks to that initial scan at AECC
Holly Marie White
Get in Touch
Want to know more about our Bournemouth Open Upright MRI scanner and services, or need to ask a question?
Please send us an enquiry using the form at the base of this page.