MSK Sports Injury Clinic are proud to have teamed-up with Newcastle Clinic and Diagnostic Centre to offer private open MRI scans for our clients. If there is no improvement in your condition after your 5th visit with us, then our therapist will reassess the situation and if necessary we can refer and organise for you a MRI scan via our partnership programme with Newcastle Clinic and Diagnostic Centre.
MRI is a painless way of looking inside your body without using radiation. It uses a large magnet, radiowaves and a computer to scan an area of the body to produce detailed images which are not available by using conventional X-rays.
The current waiting time for a NHS MRI scan is roughly 6 weeks and then a further 2 weeks for your results. With our partnership programme we can get you in for a private MRI scan within 7 days and then get your results back the following week.
Open MRI Scanner
The Open MRI Scanner is more spacious and comfortable than a traditional closed scanner. This provides a more pleasant environment for patients, especially those who are claustrophobic or of a larger build. The scanner is also particularly suited to patients who are anxious, children or the elderly as patients can have a friend or relative by their side at all times. Open MRI scanning identifies anatomy and pathology within the body.
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What Do You Have To Do?
You will need to lie still, most likely on your back, on the table under the magnet. The open scanner is a lot less noisy than a traditional closed scanner but you will hear a repetitive knocking sound as the scanner captures images. If you wish, you can bring a CD to listen to during the scan. You will be in contact with the radiographer throughout the scan which takes approximately 30 minutes per area. You will not feel anything whilst you are being scanned. A piece of equipment called a receive coil (similar to an aerial) will be placed around the area of the body you are having scanned.
How Does MRI Scanning Work?
Your body is made up of small particles called atoms. Hydrogen atoms make up around 95% of body mass and are a major component of water. When you are under the scanner all the atoms line up facing the same direction. When the radiowave is switched on this causes the atoms to spin in different directions and give off a signal. The computer collects the signal and a detailed image of the body is formed.
Preparation For The Scan?
- You may be asked to change into a gown, as zips and clips in clothing will interfere with the images
- All metallic objects such as hairclips, hearing aids, keys, coins, jewellery, watches, bank cards will need to be removed before entering the scanning room as they might be damaged by the magnetic field.
- There is no need to stop medication for the scan and you can eat and drink as normal, unless otherwise instructed.
- Please avoid wearing metallic eye makeup if you are having a head scan and contact us if you have metallic hair extension clips.
- If you weigh more than 18 stone we may need an abdomen depth measurement prior to your scan so please get in touch with us.
When Should A Scan Not Be Done?
It is not possible to have an MRI scan if the patients have:
- A heart pacemaker
- Heart valve replacement
- Surgical aneurysm clips
- Metallic fragments in the eyes or the head
- If you are pregnant
- Cochlear implants
Why Choose Us
MSK Sports Injury Clinic
15 Aston House
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
Telephone: 0191 241 4373
Opening Hours: Mon: 07:00-20:00, Tue: 07:00-20:00, Wed: 07:00-20:00, Thur: 07:00-20:00, Fri: 07:00-20:00, Sat: 07:00-12:00, Sun: 07:00-12:00,