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
• have a cardiac pacemaker
• have a cerebral artery aneurysm clip Car Park
• have had any recent surgery CHELSEA AND
• have metallic implants in your body WESTMINSTER
• 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
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)
Gloucester Road (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines)
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call 020 3315 2195. Parking
Spaces are available in the hospital’s underground car
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
SW10 9NH There are bicycle racks in the car park.
Hours: 9am–5pm, Mon–Fri
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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.