Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

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updated on 18 June 2019

Opening Times

06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
06:30 – 21:00
Closes in  8 h 18 min.
8 h 18 min


Breast MRI is a non-invasive procedure used to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do a conventional mammogram (which uses X-rays). Each exam produces many images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back). No ionizing radiation (X-ray) is needed, and the technique is believed to have no side effects.
Breast MRI is an evolving technology and doesn't completely replace standard screening and diagnostic procedures. Pathologies of the breast are often more conspicuous following a contrast agent injection.
MRI has been shown to detect small breast lesions that may not be as apparent on mammography, and MRI can successfully image dense breast tissue - common in younger women - as well as breast implants. For MRI of the breast, the patient lies face down with the breasts positioned in a recess containing the signal receiver, also known as the breast coil.

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MRI means ‘magnetic resonance imaging’. It's an imaging technique using a strong magnetic field to produce high-quality pictures of soft tissue inside your body, for example muscles and ligaments. MRI has been used for over 20 years in the UK. There are no known serious side effects. We may need to give you an injection to increase the amount of information we can get from the scan, depending on the area we're scanning. You'll see a small team of radiography staff who'll care for you during your visit. One of the radiographers will carry out the examination. The radiographer or another member of staff will meet you and explain the procedure to you.
We'll give you the chance to ask any questions. We'll check your safety questionnaire once more (or ask you to fill one in if you haven’t already) and ask you to sign a consent form if necessary. The radiographer will check all questions with you before your scan. We may ask you to change or take some of your clothes off. In this instance, we may ask you to put on a hospital gown and you should put your clothes and personal belongings in the container we provide, which we'll keep safe for you. You'll be asked to lie down on the MRI bed and we'll make sure you're as comfortable as possible. The radiographer will move you into the middle of the scanner.
You'll be asked to stay as still as possible and you'll be given either ear defenders or ear plugs to wear because of the scanner noise. The examination is made up of a series of three- to five-minute scans (depending on which part of you is being examined). There's a short pause between each scan. The radiographer operating the scanner will help you through the procedure and will talk to you between each scan. If you have difficulty during a scan you'll be able to use an emergency call bell in case you need any help.
Hospital, Examinations, Cardiac
Allergy services in hospital, Accident and emergency services, Cardiology, Children's & Adolescent Services, Colorectal cancer services, Diabetic Medicine, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, ORL, Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine, General Surgery, Genetics, Geriatric Medicine, Gastrointestinal and Liver services, Gynaecology, Haematology, MacMillan services, Maternity service, Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pain Management, Plastic surgery, Phl, MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Scan
Radiographer, Heart Centre
Disabled parking, Induction loop, Wheelchair access, Disabled WC, Access to TV, Public telephone, Bereavement support, Translation services, Prayer area, On-site chapel, Cafe, Shop, Pharmacy, Car Parking, Cycle parking
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