Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Radiology

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Open MRI scanner

Open MRI scanner

Technology now allows the Radiology Department to be able to offer a number of different ways of imaging the human body.

Ordinary X-rays allow us to see broken bones and inflammation of joints and even illnesses like pneumonia. However, there are now a number of different tests and scans that enable clinicians to see what goes on inside your body.

The NOC's diagnostic imaging department provides a specialised musculoskeletal imaging service. This means that all images are immediately viewable to clinicians via PACS (Picture Archive and Communication System) across the computer network within the NOC and other Oxford Hospitals.

Following the installation of the Fonar 'Open' and Philips 3.0T magnets, radiology has grown its revolutionary MRI service to offer patients the very best MRI diagnostics.

Our services

The following services are offered at the Radiology Department:

  • open and high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • routine and specialised X-rays
  • interventional and Special Procedures
  • Bone Densitometry (DEXA scanning) for osteoporosis
  • ultrasound.

MRI is an imaging technique that produces very detailed pictures of any area of the body. There are three MRI scanners available at the NOC, a Siemens 1.5 Tesla high field magnet (conventional 'tunnel' scanner), a Phillips 3T tunnel scanner and a Fonar 0.6 Tesla open magnet (360 degree open sided scanner).

The open scanner

Following installation of the Fonar open MRI scanner, the radiology team has been able to provide a revolutionary service for patients who find the conventional 'tunnel' design of most MRI scanners too confining - this includes larger patients, those with claustrophobia and children.

It is even possible (subject to MRI safety checks) for anxious patients or children to have a friend or relative in the scanning room with them.

The scanner also provides space for physicians to have full 360 degree unrestricted access to the patient, enabling this machine to be used for a range of MRI guided interventional procedures.

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Find us and contact us

  • Helen Scarfe
    Diagnostic Services Manager and Lead Radiographer
    Radiology Services - The Diagnostic Imaging Department
    Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
    Windmill Road
    Oxford OX3 7HE
  • Tel: 01865 738189 (for general Radiology enquiries)
    Fax: 01865 738199

For radiology enquiries or feedback on the content in this section, please complete our general enquiries/feedback form.


If you give us enough time we can alter appointments. We may be able to bring your appointment forward or put back depending on your request.

If you are unable to attend an appointment, please call us - it might be possible to offer the appointment to another patient.

  • Appointments: 01865 738189 / 737356

Before you attend for your appointment, we will ask you to complete our safety/information questionnaire.

We sometimes have last minute cancellation slots to fill; if you would like to be put on the waiting list for these slots, please telephone the Radiology Department.

Confirming your appointment

We aim to keep waiting lists as short as possible. In order to do this, it is vital that appointment slots are not wasted. Please telephone to confirm you have received your letter or to change your appointment if required.

  • Appointments: 01865 738189 / 737356

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