Novena MRI 6694 3431
Tanglin MRI 6235 3998
Frequently Asked Questions


What is MRI?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) utilises a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to form images of your body. It is non-invasive, painless and does not use any ionising radiation.

What do I do to prepare for my scan?
Eat and drink normally and, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, please continue taking medications as normal. If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair access) please inform us when making the appointment.

What should I bring with me when I come for my appointment?
Your appointment confirmation; referral letter/form; We accept all major debit/credit cards. If you have had any previous MRI scans, please bring your images for comparison.

How should I dress?
We will provide a gown/clothing for you to wear when you are scanned. If you prefer to wear your own, please ensure that you wear or bring clothing without any metal fasteners, zips or under-wiring as these cannot be worn in the scan room. The changing room can be locked for safe storage of your possessions.

What will happen during the scan?
You will be able to hear us during your scan if necessary-and we will be able to see you at all times. The radiographer may place a receiver “coil” around the relevant area of your body. You will need to remain very still while the acquisition is done in order to prevent blurring of the images.

What will I feel?
You will not feel anything while having the scan. There is no pain or unusual feeling of any type and you will experience no after effects.

Will anything prevent me from having an MRI scan?
YES. There are some things that can prevent you from having an MRI scan. You will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire on arrival at the Centre which will cover the contra-indications-but if you are making an appointment and any of the factors below affect you, please discuss this with us in advance as it may save you a wasted trip.
Contra-indications can include:
  • Pacemaker
  • IUDs
  • Surgical clips
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal fragments in the body
  • Metal pins/plates/screws
  • Joint replacements
  • Metal objects in eyes
  • Cochlear implants
  • IVC filters
  • Metal heart valves
  • Penile implants
It is also important to tell us if you have any tattoos or piercings.

Can I bring someone with me?
Of course-we have a comfortable waiting area -but if you want them to stay in the scan room with you, they will also need to fill out a safety questionnaire.

Please keep these items out of the scan room
Watches, jewellery, coins, keys, cigarette lighters, penknives, credit cards. Piercings, hairgrips, wigs, nicotine patches, and hearing aids must be removed.

How soon will the results be ready?
Your scan will be reported by a Consultant Radiologist. It will normally be available on the same day or by the next working day. The images and report will be sent to your referring practitioner. If you have a follow up appointment, please make us aware of the details so we can ensure the report and images are available in time.
Contact Info

Novena Specialist Center (Next to OASIA HOTEL)

8 Sinaran Drive, #05-02,
Singapore 307470

Tel: 6694 3431
Fax: 6694 1431

Camden Medical Centre

1 Orchard Boulevard, #03-03
Singapore 248649

Tel: 6235 3998
Fax: 6235 4007

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