You will be asked to lie on the couch and we will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. The part of your body being examined will be placed in the middle of the scanner. You will either have to go into the scanner feet first or head first, depending in which part we are scanning.
The scanner is open ended, so you won’t be completely enclosed. You will be given a call button with which you can call a member of staff at any time.
A scan usually takes around 30 minutes to complete, depending on what part of your body is being examined. You will need to lie very still. The machine is quite noisy and will make knocking or buzzing sounds throughout. We can supply you with ear plugs if you want them, although the scanner is not noisy enough to make them necessary.
Download the MRI patient information leaflet