MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging technique that uses 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.

There are MRI units at both Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Opening times are generally from 8.00am until 8pm Monday to Friday, with additional weekend lists on both sites.

An MRI scan 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 on both sites including:

  • Musculoskeletal (relating to the muscle and/or bone)
  • Neuro (relating to the nervous system)
  • Orthopaedic (relating to bones, joints and muscles)
  • Oncology (relating to tumours)
  • Vascular (relating to the blood vessels)
  • Cardiac
  • Paediatric distraction
  • Paediatric GA and sedation
  • Abdominal scans

Each MRI suite is equipped with a Philips Ingenia 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. The scanners at CRH were installed in 2022, HRI will be replaced with two new scanners in 2024.

Where to find us

  • At HRI the MRI Unit can be accessed by following the signs within the hospital to the basement level.
  • At CRH, the MRI unit sits within the main x-ray department; this is situated on the first floor.

Patient and visitor pay and display car parking are available at both sites.

Who to contact to find out more

  • Mark Williams, Service Lead – 01484 342700
  • Louise McPhail, Team Lead – 01484 342700
  • Rowena Wilde, Team Lead - 01422 224141

Waiting times

  • In-patients: 1-3 days
  • Urgent Outpatient and Fast track referrals: within 2 weeks
  • Non-urgent referrals: 6 weeks