Edinburgh Imaging

Having a MR scan at the EIF RIE

Watch our video explaining what happens when you arrive for a MR scan at the EIF RIE.



"When you arrive at the Edinburgh Imaging RIE facility, you will press a buzzer to gain access to the facility & be greeted by a radiographer. Your name & appointment will be confirmed. You will be asked to complete a safety checklist. The radiographer will go through this with you.

Because the scanner uses a very strong magnet, you will be asked to get changed into a gown or scrub top & trousers to make sure there is no metal on your person when you go in the scanner.

Once changed, the radiographer will take you through to the MRI scanner. This is a ‘controlled area’ which can only be accessed by authorised staff.

You will be taken into the scan room & asked to lie on the scanner table. The radiographer will make you comfortable & you will be given ear protection (ear plugs &/or headphones) as the scanner makes loud noises. You will be given an emergency buzzer which can be used if you wish to stop the scan or come out of the scanner at any time. Depending on what you are having scanned, a ‘coil’ will be placed around you. This takes the images. The video demonstrates the basic set up for an MRI brain scan. Cushions for comfort & protection of your arms are placed at your sides & you will be slowly moved into the middle of the scanner to start the scan.

The scan may take between 30-60 minutes, depending on what is being scanned. 

After all the images are taken, you will be asked to leave the scanner & taken back to the changing room to change back into your clothes.

Your scan is now complete & a radiographer will escort you out of the department."



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