MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of test that uses a very strong magnetic field and radio waves to make pictures.
We need you to keep very still to make the best possible
picture. It can be quite noisy because of how the machine works but
this is nothing to worry about. Sometimes we inject contrast medium
(special dye) into patients to demonstrate blood supply to organs
and visualise blood vessels in greater detail.
We have two MRI scanners at Southend Hospital and plan to have a
third scanner by 2019. MRI is commonly used to assist in the
diagnosis of abdomen, pelvis, spine, brain and joint problems. Your
images are created by a radiographer and the pictures are
reported/diagnosed by a special doctor (radiologist) or specialist
radiographer who has trained to interpret them.