The Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging Department at Trafford
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.
At Trafford we have a Siemens Avanto 1.5 Tesla MR scanner. The
service scans approx. 7,500 patients a year (this includes patients
scanned on the Alliance Medical mobile MR van which provides
additional capacity for the service).
The scanner uses a large magnetic field and radio waves to
produce a picture of the patient's body. 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 scan.
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 patient safety in the magnetic field.
Did you know……
…….3 Facts about Magnetic Resonance (MR) scanners?
- The magnet scanner is always on,
even when it is not scanning a patient.
- There are three scanners in the CMFT Trust;
- Manchester Royal Infirmary
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- Trafford General Hospital
- Any magnetic object that is taken into the scan room has the
potential to become a projectile object due to the strength of the
There are specific Local Rules for the MR scan area that
must be adhered to at all times, by all staff and visitors.
Procedures Done in the Department
The department offers a wide range of MRI scans including:
- Head and Neck
Within these general headers are a variety of scans to suit
individual patient presentation.