Our advance diagnostics suite features the very latest MRI scanner and scanning technology and provides extremely high-quality imaging.
Our brand new, state-of-the-art, extra wide MRI scanner features soft lighting and soothing fans to make your experience as pleasant as possible. And with a wide, memory foam bed your scan will be a comfortable one.
How do I book an MRI scan in Swansea?
To book an MRI scan we will first need a referral letter from a GP or consultant. Once we have your referral letter we will contact you to make an appointment.
What is an MRI scan?
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce incredibly detailed images of various parts of your body.
An MRI scanner is a large tube containing powerful magnets that you lie inside of during your scan.
An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body and results of your scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective a previous treatment has been.
How do I prepare for an MRI scan?
You will be sent an appointment letter before your scan that will tell you exactly what you will need to do before you arrive for you appointment.
In most instances you can eat and drink as normal, but some scans will require you to not eat or drink for a period beforehand. Please read these instructions carefully.
When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and sign a consent form. If you have questions about any aspect of the scan, please ask. It’s important to us that you are perfectly comfortable and understand everything before your scan starts.
What happens during an MRI scan?
The MRI scanner is operated by a radiographer, who will explain everything to you and answer any questions you may have.
Your radiographer controls the scanner using a computer, which is in a different room, but you’ll be able to talk to them through an intercom and they’ll be able to see you on a monitor throughout the scan. You will also have a hand-held button you can press to stop the scan at any time.
At certain times during the scan the scanner will make loud tapping noises. This is the electric current in the scanner coils being turned on and off.
It’s very important to keep as still as possible during your MRI scan.
Scans can take between 15 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images required.
For some MRI scans, an injection of dye may be needed to create a stronger contrast in the scan. This will depend on the area being scanned and what we need to see. You will be told beforehand if an injection will be required and you can discuss any concerns you have before the scan starts.
How long will it take to get the results of my MRI scan?
Our radiologist will need to examine your scan and your results will be available within a few days.