What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which uses strong magnets and radiofrequency waves to produce detailed three dimensional images of the spine.
MRI scans are the most sophisticated non-invasive diagnostic tool available to help doctors understand the underlying cause of your particular spine problem.
What conditions can be diagnosed by MRI?
MRI scans of the relevant areas of the spine are performed. The MRI images are then carefully reviewed by our specialist Consultant Radiologists for accurate diagnosis.
Can anyone have an MRI scan?
Due to the powerful magnetic force involved in producing an MRI scan, some individuals cannot have an MRI scan. These include individuals with:
- A cardiac (heart) pacemaker
- Certain clips in the brain from brain operations, i.e. aneurysm clips
- A cochlear (ear) implant
- A metallic foreign body in the eye
- A programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
Unless it is an emergency, you should not have an MRI scan if you are pregnant or have had surgery within the last 3 months.
High Quality, Affordable MRI scans
For high quality, affordable and accessible MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanning, we recommend Vista Diagnostics MRI Scanning.