Patients and research participants

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (commonly known as "MRI") uses a powerful magnet and radio frequencies to create images of your body tissues. The technology doesn't use chemicals or radiation; it's safe and pain-free.

Preparing for your MRI scan

Your referring doctor or research co-ordinator will help you prepare for your MRI scan. To help them protect your safety, please share any health concerns you may have. In particular, please consider the following:

  • Are you pregnant, or think you could be pregnant? You may be advised not to have a MRI scan.
  • Do you have any metal implants, piercings or fragments in your body? Please tell your referring doctor or research co-ordinator; the strong magnetic field can be harmful to people with metal implants.

Scan of the Brain

Scan of the Brain

Research participants:

You'll be asked to sign a research consent form prior to the MRI scanning.

All research participants and patients must complete a MRI Safety Questionnaire form that states you understand the benefits and risks of MRI and agree to have the examination done.

What to expect at your MRI scan

Scans usually take between 30 and 60 minutes. You may be given a lightweight clinical gown, and asked to remove any metal objects as a safety precaution. You can store all personal items in the locker provided.

Once the MRI radiographer has positioned you for your scan, please try to remain still; body movement can blur the pictures. The scan isn't painful, but keeping still for an extended period of time may be uncomfortable. If you wish, you can ask for a blanket or earphones with music.

The MRI radiographer will be in a nearby room separated by a window. They will be available at all times; you'll be able to communicate through an intercom system.The radiographer will also provide you with an alarm button, in case you feel any discomfort during the scan. You may hear some knocking noises, which are a normal part of the process.

Some MRI exams require an injection of intravenous contrast media (Gadolinium). Please inform the radiologist if you experience any discomfort during the injection.

You can resume your normal activities immediately after your MRI.

For information and bookings, please email

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