The Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging Department provides a
comprehensive scanning service to aid in the diagnosis of varying
pathologies from scans of the brain, right down to scans of the
foot. The service scans approximately 6000 patients a year.
We have a GE Signa HDX 1.5 Tesla MR scanner. As no ionising
radiation is used, an MR scan is relatively safe, it is however
very noisy and so earplugs and headphones are worn during the
The 1.5T scanner has the magnetic strength equal to one and a
half times that used in a junkyard to pick up cars. So although the
scans are safe from a radiation point of view, strict procedures
are in place to ensure magnetic safety.
MR-GE Signa HDX 1.5 Tesla MR scanner
Procedures Done in the Department
The department offers a wide range of MR scans including;
- Head and Neck
Within these general headers are a variety of scans to suit
individual patient presentation.
Scan requests are accepted by consultant clinical referral only
and appointments are given on an outpatient basis.
There is access for inpatient referrals which are prioritised
according to clinical urgency. We aim to scan referrals for cauda
equina within 12 hours and those for metastatic cord compressions
within 24 hours. These scans are via consultant to consultant
Inpatient Waiting Times
Waiting times for inpatients waiting for MR scans are measured
January 2016 average inpatient waiting time for MR: 2.3
45% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-1
64% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-2
Relatives and Escorts
To maintain patient confidentiality and to comply with MHRA
regulations we try to minimise escort attendance in the scan
In exceptional circumstances, such as severe claustrophobia or
cognitive impairment, one relative/escort will be allowed to
accompany the patient for the duration of the scan. The needs of
the patient will be considered and access will be at the discretion
of the radiographer performing the examination.
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Outpatients are sent a safety questionnaire with their
appointment for completion prior to attending their scan.
Inpatients are required to fill out a similar checklist. If they
do not have the ability to accurately complete this then a doctor
must complete and sign the form after a full assessment of the
patient's medical history. Patients are advised that where
possible there should be no metal items on their clothing such as
zips, buttons, underwire bra, metal eyelets on jogging pants. Other
items such as body piercings and jewellery must be removed prior to
Patients may be asked to undress or remove items and we will
provide a hospital gown if required.
Those patients who do not speak English must be accompanied by a
trust interpreter, outpatients are advised of this in the
appointment letter and the interpreter is booked by the MR
department. Unfortunately a friend or family member cannot be used
as an interpreter.
We are situated in the Clinical Radiology Department at
Manchester Royal Infirmary. You can find us in the Main Xray
Department, Ground Floor in the Purple Zone.
The scanner runs from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday with
outpatient only lists running on Saturdays and some Sundays. We do
not currently run an on call service for MR.
Inpatient appointment enquiries 0161 276 4674
Outpatient appointment enquiries 0161 276 6083/8601
Report enquiries : 0161 276 4457
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Main Xray, Purple Zone, Manchester
Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
The department is run by a team of Radiographers who perform a
wide range of plain film examinations. In addition to this, we have
a plain film reporting team of radiographers who report plain film
Due to the very high magnetic field associated with MRI, patient
safety is of the utmost importance. We therefore must be very
strict as to who enters our department. All staff who need access
must read and sign a magnetic safety screening form
Should you wish to discuss a scan please approach one of our
consultant radiologists who can offer advice and assess scan