MRI provides very detailed images of many parts of the body. It can be used to examine the brain, neck, spine, pelvis and all the joints of the body.
MRI makes use of a very powerful magnet and so when you come for your MRI scan you will be asked a number of safety questions to ensure that no metalwork is taken into the scanner room. If you have had a metal joint replacement this does not usually stop you having an MRI scan, but you should inform the radiographer performing the scan of any surgery you have had in the past. Unfortunately if you have an internal electrical device, such as a pacemaker, then you will not be able to have an MRI scan.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or very claustrophobic then please discuss this with the department before you arrive.