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Are you suitable?                                                                                                                   Bus Stop

                                                                                                              FULHAM ROAD (A308)
Not everyone is suitable for an MRI scan and it
is important that you let us know if you:                     Bus Stop
                                                                                                                                  Front Entrance      Bus Stop

                                                                                           St. Stephens

                                                                                                                                                                      LIMERSTON STREET

                                                                                                                                                                                         PARK WALK
                                                                         NETHERTON GROVE
•	 have	a	cardiac	pacemaker

                                                                                                                  A+E                                House
•	 have	a	cerebral	artery	aneurysm	clip                                                                                                            Car Park
•	 have	had	any	recent	surgery                                                                                      CHELSEA AND
•	 have	metallic	implants	in	your	body                                                                              WESTMINSTER

                                                                                              Doughty House
                                                                                                                      HOSPITAL                         Health
•	 have	a	history	of	welding	or	tooling	metal,	or	                                                                                                     Trust

   if	you	have	ever	had	a	metallic	foreign	body	
   in your eye
•	 are	very	claustrophobic
•	 weigh	more	than	200kg                             How to find us
•	 are	or	think	you	may	be	pregnant                  Local bus stops
•	 are	breastfeeding                                 14 Fulham Road (from South Kensington and Fulham
•	 have	body	piercings	(must	be	removed	before	            Broadway stations)
   scanning)                                         414 Fulham Road (from South Kensington and Fulham
                                                           Broadway stations)
If you think you may be unsuitable please call       328 Redcliffe Gardens (from Earl’s Court station)
020	3315	2055.                                       211 Fulham Road (from Fulham Broadway station)
                                                     C3 Redcliffe Gardens (from Earl’s Court station)
Can you make it?
If	you	need	to	change	your	appointment	date	
please	call	020	3315	2195.
                                                     Local	underground	stations
                                                     Fulham	Broadway (District Line—Wimbledon Service)
                                                     Earl’s Court (Piccadilly & District Lines)
                                                     South	Kensington (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines)
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Magnetic Resonance
                                                     Gloucester Road (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines)
If you need an interpreter for your exam please                                                                                                                                                             Imaging)
call	020	3315	2195.                                  Parking
                                                     Spaces are available in the hospital’s underground car
Imaging	Department
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
                                                     park (minimum payment of £3.50 for up to 1 hour). There                                                                                         Information for patients
                                                     are parking meters in nearby streets.
369	Fulham	Road
London                                               Bicycles
SW10	9NH                                             There are bicycle racks in the car park.

Hours:	9am–5pm,	Mon–Fri
                                                     Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
                                                     369 Fulham Road
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                                                                Before	the	scan                                                What	happens	during	the	scan?
                                                                If you need any special preparation for your scan a            The radiographer will make you comfortable on
                                                                separate instruction sheet will be provided with this          the scanning couch and then will move you into
                                                                leaflet and your appointment details.                          the scanner. You will be able to talk and hear the
                                                                                                                               radiographer throughout the scan, via a two-way
                                                                                                                               intercom. You will also be given a patient alarm
                                                                Where is MRI?                                                  should you wish to call the radiographer during the
                                                                When you come to the hospital for your scan, please take
                                                                the escalator to the 1st Floor and make your way to the        You will feel nothing during the scan but you will hear
                                                                Imaging Department at the back of the building.
                                                                                                                               a loud, rhythmic drumming noise which periodically
                                                                                                                               stops and starts. This is the normal operation of the
                                                                Please report to the main X-ray Reception where you will
                                                                be directed to the MRI Department.                             scanner and is nothing to worry about.

                                                                                                                               Because the noise made by the scanner is quite loud
                                                                When you arrive                                                we can play a music CD for you through headphones
                                                                                                                               or provide you with earplugs to make you more
                                                                A member of the MRI staff will greet you to explain the        comfortable.
                                                                scan procedure and answer any questions you may have.
                                                                                                                               From the time that you are moved into the scanner
                                                                You will be taken through a safety check and asked to          to the end of the examination it is important that you
What is MRI?                                                    remove any loose metal objects including watches, coins        keep absolutely still to avoid blurring the images.
                                                                and any credit cards. These will be locked away while you
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a revolutionary             have your scan.                                                Some patients may require an injection of a dye/
scanning technique which uses a magnetic field, radio                                                                          contrast agent or muscle relaxant during the scan. The
waves and a powerful computer to produce highly detailed        MRI is not affected by clothing but metal zips and buttons     injections are given to improve the picture quality and/
images of the inside of the body.                               can affect the images and you will be asked to change into     or to give the doctors more information about certain
                                                                a gown, depending on the type of scan you are having.          parts of the body. As with any injection there may be
                                                                                                                               a very small risk of a reaction. Your radiographer will
What are the benefits of an MRI scan?                                                                                          discuss this with you.
                                                                How	long	will	my	scan	last?
It is incredibly sensitive for imaging soft tissue structures                                                                  Breastfeeding mothers should be aware that the
including the brain, spinal cord, joints and internal organs,   Most scans last between 15 and 35 minutes depending            contrast agent can cause breast milk to taste slightly
without causing discomfort. It provides doctors with more       on the type of examination you are having.
                                                                                                                               bitter, and so they are advised not to breastfeed for
information than some other tests.
                                                                                                                               24 hours after their injection.
                                                                You should allow for extra time in the unit because
                                                                emergency cases sometimes have to be fitted in at short
Are there any risks?                                            notice.
                                                                                                                               What happens after the scan?
MRI is very safe. MRI does not use X-rays or any ionising
radiation and does not have any known side effects.             Can	I	bring	someone	with	me?                                   The images produced during the scan will be reviewed
                                                                                                                               by a consultant radiologist who will produce a report.
Because of the strong magnetic field associated with            If you suffer from claustrophobia or are apprehensive          This report will be sent to the doctor who referred
MRI scanning it is very important to remove metallic            about your scan you may bring a friend or relative with you.   you and discussed at your next clinic appointment.
objects and to screen patients for devices such as
pacemakers and metallic implants which are affected             They may accompany you into the scanning room providing        You should arrange your clinic appointment for two
by the field.                                                   that they too meet the safety regulations.                     weeks after your scan date to get your results.

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