What to expect
Coming for an MRI scan at FMRIB
Coming soon (summer 2023):
- wayfinding video
- walk-through of the MRI scanning process video
- hear from real participants about their MRI scanning experience video
- downloadable 'social story' PDF with photos of what to expect
How can i get directions to WIN?
WIN has three sites: FMRIB, OHBA, and Tinsley. Click on the name of the site you want to get to, for detailed directions. FMRIB is at the JR Hospital, OHBA is at the Warneford Hospital, and Tinsley is in Oxford city centre.
Can I be scanned by an all-female team?
Yes, all-female scanning teams are available upon request. This needs to be requested in advance, not on the day of your scan, as some of our female scanning staff work in other buildings. Please contact the researcher whose study you are participating in to request this.
I prefer to cover my body for religious, cultural, or personal reasons. Can i still get scanned?
Yes. Everyone getting scanned on our MRI machines is asked to change into 'scrubs' - a simple loose-fitting shirt and full-length trousers. From September 2023, long-sleeve scrubs shirts (instead of short sleeve which is normally provided) will be available on request.
How should i wear my hair for a scan?
The way you wear your hair when you go into the scanner is important for your comfort and safety. We would usually ask you to wear your hair down so it can be laid flat under your head. Please let the researcher know if you have plaits, braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, additional permanent hair weaves or hair extensions in advance of your scan.
Is a prayer space available during my visit to WIN as a study participant?
Yes, a quiet private space for prayer can be booked for you. Please request this in advance by contacting the researcher whose study you are participating in.
Is a breastfeeding area available during my visit to WIN as a study participant?
Yes, a quiet private space for breastfeeding can be booked for you. Please request this in advance by contacting the researcher whose study you are participating in.
Is an MRI scan painful?
No! Please see the 'coming for a scan' videos above to hear more about the scanning experience.
will i be injected with dye?
No, WIN MRI scans do not involve dye injections.
What questions will I be asked before I enter the MRI scanner?
You will be asked various questions about your health, medical history, and clothing, to ensure it is safe for you to enter the scanner. We are working on a detailed explanation of why each of these questions is asked (coming to this page in summer 2023); in the meantime, please ask the researcher whose study you are participating in for further explanations if needed.
Have a question you don't see answered here? Please contact WIN's Public Engagement Officer, Hanna Smyth.