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Wolverhampton Hospital

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
Switchboard 01902 754 177
Outpatient bookings & Enquiries 01902 793 269
Imaging Department 01902 793 234

Why choose Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital for your MRI scan?

At Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital our brand new Phillips MRI scanner provides consistently high image quality and much improved comfort in comparison to a conventional MRI scan experience. Our recently refurbished MRI suite is open 6 days a week, which allows us to be more flexible with appointments, giving you the opportunity to book an diagnostic scan at a time that is convenient for you.

Our £750,000 scanner is the only digital MRI system currently on the market, providing a high purity signal from miniaturised electronics in the coil and a 40% improvement in image consistency. These features will help reduce your anxiety as the examination time is reduced and the perceived acoustic noise levels are down by 80%.

We are officially partnered with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and provide their players and coaching staff with access to our state-or-the-art MRI suite. Phil Hayward, Head of the Medical Department at Wolverhampton Wanderers commented:

“The Wolves medical department is delighted to have set up an arrangement with Nuffield Health Wolverhampton which allows us 6-day a week access to the MRI facilities at the hospital. The excellent level of service and high degree of professionalism that Nuffield Health provide has streamlined our diagnostics, allowing us access to high quality imaging right on our doorstep".

What is an MRI scan?

During a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan a large, powerful magnet, radio waves and an advanced computer are used to take incredibly detailed images of the relevant part of your body.

MRI has become widely used because the pictures are so detailed that the radiologist can see even tiny changes. This accuracy helps in the early detection of disease and injury, allowing effective treatment planning.

There are no known side effects of an MRI scan, and it is normally a totally pain-free procedure. Some people should not have an MRI scan. If any of the following applies to you, please contact us on the number on your appointment letter:

  • You have a heart pacemaker
  • You have had an operation to your brain or heart
  • You have any type of metal implant
  • You have had an injury to your eyes involving metal fragments
  • You are, or might be pregnant
  • You have a kidney problem.

Preparing for your MRI scan in Wolverhampton

We want to make sure that you are fully informed. Please do call us if you have any questions before your appointment. If certain medical terms aren’t clear, we will happily explain them to you. If you’d like to bring a friend or family member for support, that is no problem either.

At the appointment you will meet your radiographer, who is an expert in performing MRI scans. Your radiographer will be with you throughout the process, from explaining the scan and answering your questions beforehand, to performing the scan on the day.

  • Your appointment can take up to 40 minutes
  • You will be lying down on the scanning bed for approximately half of this time
  • For some scans, we can play you music while you are in the scanner, so you may want to bring a favourite CD with you
  • Before arrival you can eat and drink as normal and take any prescribed medicine you normally would
  • Please wear clothing that has no metallic or plastic parts such as buttons, zips and hooks
  • If you are wearing an under-wire bra, we may ask you to remove it
  • During the procedure you will be inside the scanner
  • If you suffer from claustrophobia you may find this uncomfortable
  • Please contact us on the number on your appointment letter if you think claustrophobia may be an issue
  • There may be other options available, depending on the type of scan, and the body area to be scanned
  • When you arrive for your appointment at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital we’ll check your name, date of birth and address
  • Don’t forget to bring the questionnaire that you will have filled out before you come
  • Your radiographer will go through this with you as well as explain the scanning procedure
  • If necessary your radiographer may ask you to change into a gown for the scan
  • This will only be if an article of clothing could interfere with the scan
  • You may also be asked to remove your jewellery.

May we have your permission?

At your appointment, we will ask you to sign a consent form to show that you agree to the procedure and fully understand what will happen. You are free to ask any questions you want, to ensure that you are comfortable with everything before you sign.

What will happen during your MRI scan in Wolverhampton?

  • The scanner is a large hollow cylinder, which is open at both ends
  • The area of your body to be scanned needs to be in the centre of the scanner, so you may enter it head or feet first, and parts of your body may remain outside the scanner
  • If you feel claustrophobic during the scan you should tell your radiographer immediately
  • You will also be given a buzzer to hold which you can press to stop the scan if necessary
  • You will experience no pain during the scan but some patients feel uncomfortable having to lie still for up to 30 minutes
  • You will hear quite loud mechanical sounds from the MRI scanner and may be offered headphones or earplugs
  • Your radiographer can see and hear you at all times during your scan and will be able to talk to you throughout using an intercom
  • For some MRI scans a special injection may be needed to ensure that we get the clearest scan
  • This depends on the area being scanned and what we need to see. A small percentage of people may have a minor reaction to the injection.

After your MRI scan at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital

Once your scan is complete you will be able to leave and carry out your normal activities. A expert radiologist here in Wolverhampton will examine the images and the results will be available within just a few days.

You can book an appointment with your doctor or healthcare professional who referred you to us to get the results of the scan.

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