A non invasive procedure which involves looking at any of the joints or muscles in the body.

When you arrive for your examination, you will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire and a form to provide us with more information about your condition and any previous surgery or procedures.

You will lie in the scanner with a special coil over the area of your body which is being imaged. This area needs to be in the centre of the magnet. In some cases you will go in head first. For the lower limbs you will go in feet first and your head may be out of the magnet.

You will be given headphones and a buzzer to press if you want to talk to the technologist at any time.

The scan can be noisy, but all you have to do is lie still.

Before your Scan

No preparation is required.

Duration

This will depend upon the area being imaged and can range from 15-30 mins. An MRI knee takes 15 mins.