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MR Scanning (Trafford General)


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?

  1. The magnet scanner is always on, even when it is not scanning a patient.
  2. There are three scanners in the CMFT Trust;
    • Manchester Royal Infirmary
    • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
    • Trafford General Hospital
  3. Any magnetic object that is taken into the scan room has the potential to become a projectile object due to the strength of the magnet.

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:

  • Angiography
  • Head and Neck
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Abdominal/Pelvis

Within these general headers are a variety of scans to suit individual patient presentation.

Siemens Avanto 1.5 Tesla MR scanner


Admission Information

Scan requests are accepted by consultant clinical referral only. The requests are then vetted for their suitability by the radiologists and specialist radiographers.

Appointments are given on an in-patient & outpatient basis.

There is access for inpatient referrals which are prioritised according to clinical urgency. We aim to scan referrals for metastatic cord compressions within 24 hours. These scans are via consultant to consultant referral only.

Relatives and Escorts

To maintain patient confidentiality and to comply with MHRA regulations we try to minimise escort attendance in the scan room.

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 always be at the discretion of the radiographer performing the examination.


Trafford Hospital, Radiology Department, Ground Floor (adjacent to the Urgent Care Centre)

Opening Hours

8am - 8pm Monday - Saturday, with outpatient only lists running on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

We do not run an on call service for MR.

Contact Details

Tel 0161 746 2001/2607 for appointment enquires

Fax 0161 746 2732

Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Davyhulme, Manchester, M41 5SL


The department is run by a team of Radiographers.

Additional Information

Due to the very high magnetic field associated with MRI, patient safety is of the upmost 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 request please approach one of our consultant radiologists who can offer advice and assess scan priority.