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MRI foetal scan [patient information leaflet]

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Abstract

Your doctor has referred you for an MRI scan or your baby in the womb (Foetal MRI). This will take place in the imaging department (also known as Radiology or X-Ray department) on the Ground Floor of the Royal Hospital for Children.

What is an MRI scan? 

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan uses giant magnets inside a special machine to take pictures of the inside of your body. You will lie on a bed which slides into the middle of the machine to take the pictures. 

A foetal MRI gives additional information about your baby from the information obtained from your ultrasound scan.

Is it safe for my baby to have an MRI scan in the womb?

MRI does not use any X-Rays to take the pictures and does not have any known side effects. Like you, your baby will hear the noise of the scanner but the fluid in the womb is good at absorbing the sounds.

What do I need to think about before coming for the scan?

Please refer to the leaflet for information about preparing for the scan, special instructions for eating and drinking and what to wear, and what will happen at your appointment.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 01 May 2021

Next review: 31 May 2023

Author(s): Radiology Department, RHCG

Version: 1