Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI combines the use of a very strong magnet, radio waves and a computer system to provide detailed images of internal structures and soft tissue structures. Electrical pulses are used to vary the direction and strength of the magnetic field, causing temporary magnetic realignment of atoms and molecules within your body. The machine's powerful computers can recognise the changes in the atoms as typical of organs and other structures within the body, building up a picture of the body parts.
MRI is an imaging option for many areas of the head and body and for joint and musculoskeletal problems. It is the most sensitive examination to image many spinal and joint problems. The level of detail seen with an MRI is extraordinary compared with any other imaging modality. MRI uses no x-rays and the magnetic fields are not known to be harmful.
The Bournemouth Private Clinic at Royal Bournemouth Hospital has 2 MR scanners, both 1.5 Tesla Siemens machines including the very latest and highest specification scanner.