MRI - what Osteopaths do on their days off!!

So I spent some of Saturday morning having an MRI scan.


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a scanner that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to obtain detailed images of the brain or spine.  A CT or CAT scan (computerised tomography) may be used instead for bone injuries, lung and chest imaging and cancer detection. The Radiographer is responsible for taking the scan and then they are sent to the Radiologist to be assessed and reported on before being sent back to your referring practitioner.



What I did know about the MRI experience...

I knew that I would have to lie very still for the duration of the scan. It only took about 20 minutes so this wasn't too bad and the lovely staff made me feel very comfortable. I also knew it was going to make a lot of noise.

What I didn't know was that it was going to make a number of different noises - none of which were terribly musical.  I also didn't know that it was going to require me to wear ear plugs as well as headphones and their choice of radio station left quite a lot to be desired. It was a painless, if slightly unnerving and rattly experience.

I won't have the report of the results for a few weeks but hopefully it will show that I have some backbone - literally and figuratively.


As Osteopaths we are usually able to get you an MRI scan via your GP if necessary. However, we can also refer you privately if appropriate. We may feel a scan is appropriate if you have a severe acute injury such as a prolapsed disc or if you have a long term chronic pain condition that is not responding to treatment. We pride ourselves on being able to diagnose many different conditions using case history taking, observation and physical examination, but sometimes we need to be able to have a look on the inside. If you have any further questions about scanning let us know. Pippa