Professor Ramon Varcoe

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses radio waves and a magnetic field to derive 2 and 3-dimensional images of your body which is particularly good at evaluating soft tissues, arteries and veins. The test involves lying flat on a hard table for 30-60 minutes and being passed through a doughnut shaped scanner. Contrast may be administered through an intravenous cannula if required.

Most people tolerate the test without too much difficulty although you may be ineleigible if your body contains metal prostheses such as pacemakers, artificial joints or surgical clips, or if you suffer from claustaphobia.

Further specific details are available form the attached handout or by speaking to one of Professor Varcoe’s assistants.