pcialisDEAR DOCTORLizzie Wilsons anMRI SpecialistRadiographer at SpirePortsmouth HospitalQ My GP has suggested Ihave an MRI scan to look at'taking pain relief medicationthis involve?A A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)my lower back as I've beenfor a while now. What willscan of your lower back (lumbar spine)uses magnets and radio waves in orderto work. It has no known side effects andThere are different types of scanners -has been used effectively for diagnosing the one at Spire Portsmouth Hospitalcauses of back pain for several decadedue to its ability to show bones, muscles,spinal cord and discs clearlyi is open both ends making it light andairy. For lower spine imaging you enterthe machine feet first and your headThe scan is a safe, painless procedure l remain just at the entrance. Thewhich lasts for around 20 minutes and radiographer operates the computeris broken into short bursts of about3 minutes. It is however very noisyat certain times so you will be givenheadphones with your choice of musicwith them through an intercom andplayed. You are also given a buzzer tohold so you are always in control if you After the procedure, you will be able towould like the scan to end1 from a separate room but will be able tosee you at all times through a window.i You will be also be able to communicateyour headphoneSome hospitals will give you the optionto see the scanner before booking ancarry on with your day as normal. YourMRI scan will be studied by a radiologistI (a trained doctor in interpreting scansappointment so it's worth enquiring if you and X-rays) and a report will be sentare nervous about having an MRI scan.Idirectly to your GPS2To book a consultation or for any enquiries,please speak to our team on02392 802 921or email info@spireportsmouth.comBartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NPrePortsmouth Hospital

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pcialisDEAR DOCTOR Lizzie Wilson s an MRI Specialist Radiographer at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Q My GP has suggested I have an MRI scan to look at' taking pain relief medication this involve? A A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) my lower back as I've been for a while now. What will scan of your lower back (lumbar spine) uses magnets and radio waves in order to work. It has no known side effects and There are different types of scanners - has been used effectively for diagnosing the one at Spire Portsmouth Hospital causes of back pain for several decade due to its ability to show bones, muscles, spinal cord and discs clearly i is open both ends making it light and airy. For lower spine imaging you enter the machine feet first and your head The scan is a safe, painless procedure l remain just at the entrance. The which lasts for around 20 minutes and radiographer operates the computer is broken into short bursts of about 3 minutes. It is however very noisy at certain times so you will be given headphones with your choice of musicwith them through an intercom and played. You are also given a buzzer to hold so you are always in control if you After the procedure, you will be able to would like the scan to end 1 from a separate room but will be able to see you at all times through a window. i You will be also be able to communicate your headphone Some hospitals will give you the option to see the scanner before booking an carry on with your day as normal. Your MRI scan will be studied by a radiologist I (a trained doctor in interpreting scans appointment so it's worth enquiring if you and X-rays) and a report will be sent are nervous about having an MRI scan.I directly to your GP S2 To book a consultation or for any enquiries, please speak to our team on 02392 802 921 or email info@spireportsmouth.com Bartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP re Portsmouth Hospital

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