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Please read this information leaflet before attending your MRI scan.
There can be risks when entering a strong magnetic field.
You must contact the department on 01709 424358 if any of the following apply:
Failure to contact the department about any of the above may result in your appointment being rebooked.
A Radiologist (X-ray Doctor) who specialises in reporting these scans or appropriately trained health care professional will review your images and provide a report for the Doctor or health care professional who referred you for the MRI scan. You will usually receive a follow up clinic appointment to obtain your results.
Some examinations involve an injection of contrast media (a special dye that adds further information to the scan). Your Doctor and a Radiologist will decide if it is appropriate to aid the diagnosis. A blood form will be sent to you in the post if you require a blood test before the date of your scan. The blood test is routine and is used to ensure that your kidneys are working normally, as the contrast media is passed from your body in your urine via your kidneys. It is important that the results are available before the date of your appointment so please attend for the blood test before your appointment date. If the blood results are not available for your examination we may have to reschedule your appointment.
The Radiographers will give you information about the injection on the day of your scan and will give you a booklet to take home containing relevant information following the procedure.
You will be asked contrast safety questions and to sign a form to give your permission for us to give you contrast.
Please inform the Radiographers if you have any allergies or have had a reaction to any injections or X-ray dye in the past, or if you are breast feeding.
A cannula (a small sterile plastic tube) will be placed into a vein for the injection, and will be removed once your scan is finished.
Gadolinium is a clear, colourless liquid.
Allergic reactions to Gadolinium are uncommon but can occur. Most reactions are mild and pass quickly. Severe reactions are very rare.
Please seek medical attention from your Urgent and Emergency Care Centre if you suffer any of the following delayed reactions after leaving the department:
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
For information about your appointment or your safety questionnaire
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
You may reach an answer machine. Please leave a message, and a member of staff will ring you back.
Having an MRI - patient information leaflet
Produced by R Gillott, October 2002.
Revised August 2005, December 2007, April 2010, January 2014, January 2015, August 2018, June 2020, November 2022.
Revision due November 2024. Version: 10.0
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