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MRI Scan

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method of scanning used at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, which gives a detailed picture of the inside of the human body. It can be used to diagnose a range of conditions and plan the best course of treatment.

MRI involves the patient lying in a large tube during the scan. A powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves and computers are then used to produce detailed cross-sectional images of internal body structures, without the use of ionising radiation.

How MRI scanning can help

MRI scans at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients can be performed on most body parts to help consultants diagnose many related conditions. This includes scans of:

  • Cartilage and ligaments
  • Intervertebral discs
  • Muscles
  • Nerves
  • Organs, including the heart, bowel and brain
  • The spinal cord

Our scanning services include all types of body, orthopaedic and neurological scans, most of which don’t need specific preparation prior to the scan.

We also perform a range of more specialised examinations, including for the bowel and the heart. For these scans, specific preparation may be necessary, but you will be informed of this when booking your appointment.

The MRI scanning process

Most examinations are between 30 and 45 minutes long and it’s essential that you remain still throughout. You will also be asked to remove all metallic objects and, in most cases, change into a gown prior to entering the scan room. When the scan is being performed the scanner can be very noisy, so either headphones or earplugs will be provided.

In some instances, it may be necessary to administer a contrast agent (dye) to give our skilled radiographers better visualisation of certain vessels. This will be explained in detail at your appointment and you’ll be asked to consent to an injection.

To prevent accidents and injury, you’ll also be asked to complete a thorough questionnaire about your previous medical history. This will be discussed between you and the radiographer. It’s important to note, MRI scans are not suitable for some patients. This includes:

  • Patients with a pacemakers and some heart valves (please inform us of your valve model if this applies to you)
  • Patients with aneurysm clips
  • Female patients who are pregnant
  • Patients with metal within the eye (an X-ray may be required if you’re in doubt)


Why choose London Bridge MRI services

State-of-the-art MRI technology – Our MRI scanning services at London Bridge are designed with advanced technology, which can quickly and accurately detect your condition to help us understand the best treatment for you.

Rapid treatment for the best outcome – We aim to provide same and next day appointments for our MRI services, doing our upmost to make sure you’re seen quickly and conveniently to provide top treatment, if you need it, with the best outcome.

Exceptional consultants and care – Your MRI scan will be conducted by our world leading Health & Care Professions Council (HPC) registered radiographers and consultants, who will determine your diagnosis and the best course of action for you. Our experienced team will also ensure you receive the highest quality of care throughout the process until you leave our doors.

If you would like to learn more about our MRI scanning services or book an appointment at London Bridge Outpatients, email or call 020 3811 3265 to get in touch with a member of our qualified team.


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