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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

We have MRI facilities on both our hospital sites.

About this service

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a modern imaging technique that uses a strong magnet, radio waves and a computer to generate images, which show detailed sections of the body.

These can be acquired in any orientation within the body and can produce images of any specified body part. MRI does not use X-rays and has no known harmful effects.

We have two MRI Units.

  • At Warrington - The MRI unit is situated next to the Daresbury Wing at Warrington Hospital
  • At Halton - The MRI unit is located in the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre

We offer appointments between 7.30 am and 8.00 pm. This flexibility offers patients a wide choice of appointment times for their MRI scan.

MRI scans are undertakn by experienced radiographers.

MRI Centre 
Daresbury Wing 
Warrington Hospital

Telephone01925 662102

An MRI scan can be performed on patients of all ages and produces images that can depict and locate almost anything from anywhere within the body from a large tumour to a minute blood vessel.

A full range of procedures are performed including:

  • Musculoskeletal (relating to the muscle, bones and joints, ligaments and tendons)
  • Neurology (relating to the nervous system, brain and spinal cord)
  • Oncology (relating to tumours)
  • Angiography and venography (relating to the blood vessels)
  • Abdominal and pelvic scans

An injection of contrast agent (dye) is sometimes required during a scan.

MRI cannot be performed on patients with cardiac pacemakers, cerebral aneurysm clips (in the brain).

The MRI department needs to be informed if patients have replacement mechanical heart valves, have ever had metal splinters go into their eyes, major head or heart surgery, or orthopaedic implants (such as pins plates, screws in any bones or joints).

Warrington Hospital

The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital)