"MRI Scan"

About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital

I was referred for an MRI Scan on my head. I'd never had a scan before, and there wasn't really much information on the website / what they had posted to me, so I arrived feeling very anxious. The staff were very kind, they explained what happened and told me that I could squeeze the buzzer if I need to. The scan was 20 minutes long, and there were a few scans ranging from 1 minute to 3 minutes. At the start of every scan the radiographer would tell me the next scan was coming up and how long it would be, then at the end of the scan they'd tell me how well I'm doing etc. I moved during one of the scans and they told me afterwards to remember to keep very still, but they never had a go at me for it. They put on a film for me to watch so I didn't get bored, and they gave me ear plugs and headphones because the machine is super loud. When it's scanning you can't even hear the film! Once the scan had finished, they moved me out of the scanner and I was allowed to go home.

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Response from Deborah Hopkinson, Patient Experience Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your account of the MRI scan you recently had. I am sorry that there was not much information provided prior to the scan, this is something I will feed back to the Head of the service. I was pleased to note however that the staff involved were able to talk you through the process and that this helped to ease your anxiety. Best wishes.

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