FAQs

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How long does a scan take?

An MRI scan usually takes between 40 and 60 minutes, but the actual duration of the scan varies depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images that need to be taken.

 

How loud is the scan?

MRI scanners make loud tapping noises. The noise is generated from magnetic fields cycling on and off to take images. We'll give you earphones and/or earplugs, and music may be available during the procedure.

I have a medical implant. Can I still have an MRI scan?

please do let us know beforehand. The MRI scanner uses a powerful magnet that may affect people with certain types of medical implants or devices. Please also ensure that you remove all metal from your body including loose change from your pockets, prior to the scan.

Is it comfortable?

Our MRI scanner comes with pads, cushions, and supports to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the scan. It is important to be comfortable in the scanner so that you can keep still for the duration of the procedure.

What happens after the MRI scan?

You can return to your normal activities as soon as the scan is over. The images from the scan are studied by a radiologist who will prepare a written report to send to your referrer.​​​​​​ If anything needs urgent attention, you will be contacted immediately. We are always keen to hear feedback and have patient feedback forms available.

If you have any further questions please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help. Throughout the process, our highly trained staff are on hand to answer any of your concerns or queries, so if you have a question at any point, just ask and they will be more than happy to help.

When will I receive my results?

Your scan images are available immediately after the scan. These will be provided to you on a CD which you will receive at reception before your departure. A Consultant Radiologist will analyze and report on your scan. We aim to deliver all reports to your PCP or referrer via a security email, PACs, or Fax within 3 working days.

When should an MRI not be done?

Due to the powerful magnetic field of an MRI scan, certain individuals cannot be scanned. A patient must not have an MRI scan if they have:

  • A cardiac (heart) pacemaker

  • Clips in the head from brain operations, ie aneurysm clips

  • A cochlear (ear) implant

  • A metallic foreign body in the patient’s eye

  • A programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)

Quick access and same day appointments

Get peace of mind knowing your report will be with your PCP or specialist within 3 working days.

Our Patient Care Team is here to support you, Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and 9am-4pm weekends, Call our dedicated Patient Care team directly on 425.654.0887

What will a full body MRI scan diagnose?

 

The scans give an excellent overview of the areas covered.

  • Brain MRI - This will demonstrate many pathologies if present; including brain tumors, evidence of a stroke or infarction, bleeds, white matter changes, and any presence of aneurysms. 
     

  • Abdomen and Pelvis MRI - This will look at the major organs, such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and spleen, as well as the prostate in men and the uterus in women. This will identify any abnormalities within these areas, such as tumors, lesions, and masses.
     

  • MRI spine - The spine is scanned in two parts, the upper and lower. The spine MRI is excellent for accessing the intravertebral and spinal cord and will recognize degenerative changes, disc herniation, and prolapse, facet joint degeneration, any spinal cord lesions or masses such as meningiomas.
     

  • Cardiac MRI - A cardiac MRI will assess the function and anatomy of the heart, looking for wall motion abnormalities, valve abnormalities, evidence of hypertrophy, and myocardial infarction.

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