Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Radiology

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring somebody with me?

Yes, there is a waiting area where friends or relatives can wait for you. If you would like someone to accompany you during your scan, they must complete the relevant safety questionnaire.

Can I bring my children?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide supervision for children whilst you are having your scan. An additional adult will need to accompany them.

Do I have to stop taking medication?

Continue to take prescribed medication unless you are told otherwise. Your scan may take longer than indicated in your appointment letter and therefore if you usually take painkillers, continue to do so, as this may make you more comfortable during the scan. If you are taking warfarin anticoagulant it is important that you contact the department if you are having an injection or other procedure. You do not need to do this if you are having an MRI scan or X-ray.

How long will my scan take?

This will depend on the area of the body we are scanning, and which scanner your appointment is booked for. Most examinations take between 15 and 40 minutes. Please contact us if you require further information.

Can I eat and drink?

Yes, unless you are told otherwise.

How will I get the results?

You will not receive your results on the day of the scan. These will be sent to the person who requested the scan.

How long is the waiting list?

We are always working hard to reduce our waiting list. Please telephone the Radiology Department for more specific advice.

Can I see the scans?

Unfortunately we are unable to show you your images at the time of your appointment.

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