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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 provide MRI scans at Warrington Hospital and the Captain Sir Tom Moore building.

Opening times: 

Warrington Hospital: 7am-8pm Monday to Friday; 7.45am-7.45pm Saturday and Sunday.

Captain Sir Tom Moore building: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.

This flexibility offers patients a wide choice of appointment times for their MRI scan.

A member of the administration and clerical team will greet you when you arrive at one of our receptions. They will check that we have all your details and that they are correct before booking you in. Our admin team includes secretaries, booking staff who will book appointments and answer queries, supervisors, and managers.

MRI scans are performed by a team of experienced radiographers, most of whom have undertaken an additional Postgraduate Qualification in MRI, and then reported by Consultant Radiologists.

A Consultant Radiologist is a doctor specialising in interpreting diagnostic images such as x-rays and scans and performing certain types of investigation or treatment that rely on imaging techniques.

Radiology Department Assistants (RDAs) support radiologists, radiographers, and nurses to help and care for patients. They will help prepare patients for examination, insert cannulas where required and act as chaperones.

Porters are incredibly important, moving patients on beds, trolleys, or in wheelchairs between wards, departments, and Radiology.

For all MRI enquiries please telephone: 01925 662102

Where are we?

MRI Centre 
Daresbury Wing 
Warrington Hospital
MRI Centre
Radiology Department 
Captain Sir Tom Moore building
Earls Way


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.

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).

When you arrive at the hospital, you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about your health and medical history. This helps the medical staff ensure you have the scan safely.

The doctor who ordered the test for you will receive the results. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. . If you were referred by your GP, they may contact you with the results. If you don’t hear from them, then please contact your GP. 

You can read more about MRI scans on the NHS website.

Warrington Hospital

The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital)