MRI

At Berkshire Imaging, we have access to the latest state of the art MRI scanners, which are based at Berkshire Independent, Circle Reading, Spire Dunedin and The Royal Berkshire Hospitals. We routinely perform MRI of the brain, neck, spine, abdominal and pelvic organs, blood vessels, bones, joints and soft tissues. The images obtained will be interpreted by a Berkshire Imaging Consultant Radiologist, who will issue a formal report to your referring doctor.

Commonly performed MRI scans include the following:

  • MRI Head including MRI pituitary, MR angiogram/venogram
  • MRI Neck including MRA carotids/vertebrals
  • MRI Liver including MRCP
  • MRI Small bowel
  • MRI Pelvis
  • MRI Rectum
  • MR Angiogram
  • MRI Spine - cervical, thoracic and lumber
  • MRI Knee
  • MRI Shoulder - including MR Arthrogram
  • MRI Hips - including MR Arthrogram
  • MRI Ankle
  • MRI Elbow
  • MRI Hands or feet
  • MRI prostate

Undergoing an MRI scan

Upon arrival you will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire as a very small number of people cannot undergo an MRI scan. The main reasons are heart pacemaker, implantable defibrillator, ear/cochlear implants, metal heart valve, metal fragments in eyes and pregnancy during the first three months.

After changing into a hospital gown, you will be asked to lie on the scanner table, which will then move into the MRI scanner. You will be given earphones with your choice of music and will be able to communicate with the Radiographer in the control room. It is essential to lie still throughout the scan, which usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes.

Occasionally it may be necessary to be given a small injection into a vein in the arm to improve the diagnostic accuracy of the scan.

If you have any concerns regarding your potential to have an MRI scan, please contact the Radiology department of the hospital where your scan will be performed.

MR Arthrography

MRI arthrography is a highly specialised test to examine in fine detail the internal structures of certain joints. It is a two part test in which firstly MRI contrast is injected into the joint under local anaesthetic using X-ray guidance and secondarily an MRI scan of the area is performed. If you would like further information please download the patient information sheet below.

Multiparametric Prostate MRI

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Patient information sheets

MRI Proctography
MR Arthrography

For appointments or other enquiries, please contact Berkshire Imaging.

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