What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan used to diagnose health conditions that affect organs, tissue and bone. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body and can be used to investigate almost any part of the body including the:

  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Bones and joints
  • Breasts
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Internal organs, such as the lungs and liver

Every year, over 4,000 North Yorkshire residents need a scan – and this number is expected to increase by 10% year on year.

A machine on the Friarage site will cut waiting times, reduce the need for surgical procedures and help to ensure patients can be treated as soon as possible, reducing their anxiety.

With one in three people receiving a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetime, the scanner will also help to ensure the trust remains at the forefront of cancer treatment. Other benefits include:

  • Increased speed of diagnosis
  • Providing patients who need to travel to Darlington , Middlesbrough or York with a choice of treatment sites
  • Providing new research opportunities
  • Enhancing the reputation of the hospital to continue to attract top calibre medical staff

So as well as carrying out important imaging tests on patients closer to home, we’re planning ahead to meet growing demand as part of the hospital’s longer-term future.