Edinburgh Imaging

Tell me more about my scan

We perform several different types of research scanning. Each is explained here.

COVID-19 & visiting the Edinburgh Imaging Facilities

The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation means our working practises have changed:

  • Please attend on your own for your appointment whenever possible
  • If you require assistance, bring only one person with you
  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment time
  • On arrival, we will direct you to wash your hands
  • We - the radiographers - will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) where needed

We have adopted these measures to protect you & our staff. We appreciate your understanding & cooperation at this challenging time.


What is a MR scan?

What is an MRI scan?
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was first demonstrated in the early 1970's & first used clinically in the 1980's. It is a relatively new technique which continues to be a fast developing science.

What is a CT scan?

What is a CT scan?
A computerised tomography (CT) scanner uses X-rays & a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body.

What is a PET scan?

What is  a PET scan?
Positron emission tomography (PET) scans are used to produce detailed three-dimensional images of how the cells are working inside the body.

What is a PET-MR scan?

A PET-MR scanner is a PET scanner combined with an MR scanner.

What is a PET-CT scan?

A PET-CT scanner is a PET scanner combined with a CT scanner.

What is an fMR scan?

Functional magnetic resonance (fMR) imaging, is a technique which detects changes in blood flow to brain, when the brain is active.

What is Retinal imaging?

Retinal imaging is a non-invasive & completely safe method of obtaining pictures of the back of the eye.

What is an Ultrasound scan?

What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body, such as the heart.

What is an X-ray?

X-ray image of two hands
An X-ray is a safe & painless procedure that's often used to produce images of the inside of the body of a human or animal.

What is Microscopy?

What is Microscopy?
Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view samples & objects that cannot be seen with the unaided eye (objects that are not within the resolution range of the normal eye).