Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services At Saint Francis Private Hospital

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

St Francis Private Hospital is delighted to announce that we have commenced a new MRI service delivered by Europe's leading diagnostic imaging provider, Alliance Medical.

If you have any further queries, please call us to speak to one of our team, on 044 9385391.

For more information on Alliance Medical and their services please click here.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an MRI scan?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces high resolution pictures of any part of the body in any direction. The scanner uses a high-strength magnet, radio waves and computers to generate images. MRI does not use X-Rays, so it can be used repeatedly.

What happens during the MRI scan?

The radiographer will position you on a couch which slides into the MRI scanner. You will be asked to keep still while we take your images. MRI is a safe procedure, but the scanner is very noisy when it is taking pictures so we will provide you with ear protection. We will be able to play music during your scan so you may like to bring a CD with you to listen to. There are no after-effects from your scan so you can carry on with all your normal activities (driving, for example) straight away.

Are there any risks or side effects?

There is no potentially harmful radiation used for your MRI scan, so it is considered to be very safe. However, because the scanner uses a strong magnet it is important that you tell us if you have certain implants or if you have had certain operations. If you have a pacemaker, arterial clips, brain clips, a cochlear implant or some sort of metal fragment in your eyes (see the list below) you CANNOT be scanned. Implants such as knee or hip replacements, dental work and gold/silver rings are generally safe. An MRI scan is not painful.

What if I am pregnant?

We do not carry out scanning in the first three months of pregnancy unless essential. If you think you might be pregnant or breastfeeding, please tell the radiographer prior to your scan.

Will I need an injection?

Occasionally we will need to give you an injection of contrast (a dye which makes blood vessels and organs show up more clearly) to give better images. This is normally given into the arm or the back of the hand by a qualified member of staff.

How long will it take?

Usually the actual scan can take between 20 to 40 minutes. This will depend of what part of your body is being scanned.

When will I get my results?

The consultant radiologist will read your MRI scan. Results are available within 48hrs of the examination in the majority of cases.

Important Information - Please Note:

Due to the strong magnetic field some people are not suitable for scanning by MRI.

Please contact us before coming for your scan if you have any doubts about whether you are suitable for MRI or if you have, or have had, any of the following:

  • A pacemaker
  • An artificial heart valve
  • Aneurysm Clips (These are metal clips that are inserted during some operations, especially in the blood vessels or the brain)
  • Metal fragments in the eye, head or body (if you suspect that a metal fragment may have entered your eye, particularly if you have ever worked with a lathe or metal grinding equipment please contact us for advice immediately)
  • Any surgery in the six weeks before your appointment
  • Any surgery which involved placing implants in your head or body

St Francis Private Hospital offers MRI scans to patients for a variety of areas including:

  • Brain
  • Neck
  • Sinuses
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist/Scaphoid

Download our MRI brochure (pdf)

Download Radiology Referral Form (pdf)

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