Following a consultation with one of our doctors, an MRI scan can be used to further diagnose symptoms or to confirm a clinical diagnosis. This will be conducted by our partner providers in the clinics’ localities.
We recommend that you have a consultation with a doctor and discuss together the right diagnostic processes for you. Any scans can be arranged by our teams at your convenience.
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, which is a type of scan used for diagnosing various health conditions. During an MRI scan, you lie on a flat bed, which passes through a large tube (the MRI scanner) containing powerful magnets. The magnetic fields, together with radio waves, produce images of the inside of the body. The process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half, and is monitored by a radiographer, who operates the scanner and monitors the process from a separate room.
MRI scans are painless, and no harmful radiation is involved. Research into the process indicates that it does not pose a threat to the health or safety of the body.
Why might I need an MRI scan?
Your doctor may recommend an MRI scan if they suspect that your condition is affecting the brain or nervous system. Such conditions include:
• brain tumour
• brain infection (meningitis, encephalitis)
• multiple sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Parkinson’s disease
The scan may also be used to diagnose conditions affecting the bones and joints, as the scan can show any abnormalities of cartilage, ligaments, muscles, or tendons. These include arthritis and osteomyelitis, but an MRI scan may also be recommended in the case of sports injuries or injuries to a joint, to assess the level of damage.