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MRI Department

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field to produce high quality images in multiple planes or directions.  The images are generated using superconducting magnets and pulsed radio waves. Magnetic resonance imaging uses non ionising radiation, unlike x-rays which use radiation.

The MRI scanner is a circular brightly lit machine with a wide central core that is open at both ends.  During the scan, you may communicate with the Radiographer at any time the need arises.


Referral Information

Access to MRI is available between the hours of 8.00am - 8.00pm, on an appointment only basis.  A letter from the referring clinician is required for MRI scans.  Only referrals from Beaumont consultants will be accepted.   Appointments can be made for MRI scans by phoning (01) 809 3100 / 3102 (Marc/Ross) or emailing

Please note that we no longer accept fax as a form of referral.


Your MRI explained: 

Please click on the links below to read additional information about the MRI scan you are having.  You can see general information about your MRI HERE

MRI of the Breast

MRI of the Arteries (MRA)

MRI of the Hand

MRI of the Abdomen

MRI of the Adrenal Gland

MRI of the Ankle

MRI of Joints (Arthrogram)

MRI of the Brain

MRI of CSF Flow (Cerebrospinal fluid flow)

MRI of the Elbow

MRI of the Femur

MRI of the Finger

MRI Small Bowel

MRI of the Pancreas

MRI of the Pelvis

MRI of the Thoracic Lumbar Spine

MRI of the Kidney

MRI of the Knee

MRI of the Liver

MRI of the Neck/C Spine

MRI of the Hip

MRI IAM (Auditory Tract)

MRI of the Foot

MRI of the Groin

MRI of the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and the pancreas (MRCP)