Preparing for an MRI

At AECC University College, we understand that preparing for an MRI can bring about questions and concerns. This page is designed to provide you with comprehensive information on what to expect before, during, and after your Open Upright MRI experience.

Understanding MRI Scans

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of the body. It is a safe and widely used diagnostic tool for various medical conditions.

Popularity of MRI Scans

In the UK, over 2.7 million MRI scans are conducted annually, with a notable 12.1% increase each year. The overall growth of MRI scanning has surged by 220% in the last decade.

Are there any risks?

There are no known risks of MRI scanning and it is considered to be very safe. However, certain safety checks are necessary for individuals with pacemakers, medical implants, or metal fragments. Our team will address these concerns during the referral process and a safety questionnaire before your scan.

Arrival and Procedure

Upon arrival, notify the reception desk about your MRI scan. Our MRI team will guide you through the process. The MRI Radiographer will ask safety questions and may advise on clothing removal if necessary.

During the Scan

The MRI Radiographer will ensure your comfort and explain the procedure. Pads and pillows may be used to help you remain still. A coil will be placed around the scanned area, and the scanning table will move to capture images. Earplugs or ear defenders are provided for your comfort.

Duration and Comfort

The scan duration varies based on the body part being scanned, with some lasting up to an hour. While MRI itself is not uncomfortable, staying still may cause mild discomfort. Our team will provide support and additional aids for your comfort.

After the Scan

You can resume normal activities, including driving and working. There are no side effects. A consultant Radiologist will report on your MRI images and this report is sent securely to your referrer within 7 days.


Take a 360 Virtual Tour - Explore the Environment

Curious about the environment where your scan will take place? Take a 360 virtual tour to navigate through our cutting-edge Open Upright MRI facility. This immersive experience allows you to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and understand the process before your visit.

Preparing for an MRI – FAQs

Preparing for an MRI involves various considerations. Explore our FAQs section to find answers to common questions

Contact Us

If you have specific questions or concerns about your upcoming MRI, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you.

call the clinic on 01202 436276

Bournemouth Open Upright MRI Enquiry

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