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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 Abdomen

MRI of the Brain

MRI of the Breast

MRI of the Cervical, Thoracic &  Lumbar Spine

MRI of the Lower Extremities     

MRI of the Upper Extremities

MRI of the Pelvis

MRI of the Small Bowel

MRI of the Prostate

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