Specialist expertise: Cardiology, Radiology, Management of heart failure and advanced non-invasive cardiac imaging, Heart Rhythm Disorders.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a type of scan that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the body based on the hydrogen content of tissues. It can provide excellent information about the soft tissues in the whole body as well as the bones, joints and spine and is very useful for diagnosis. It does not use ionising radiation unlike radiographs and CT but is one of the longest imaging tests and can take around 15-30 minutes to complete. People with metallic implants, devices and prostheses may be contraindicated from having MRI as it uses a strong magnetic field. However, many modern metallic prostheses are now MRI compliant so it is worth checking with your doctor or the imaging department as you may be able to proceed with a scan even if you have one.