Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)

We own and operate two Philips Achieva MR scanners, located at:

WMIC (1.5T), and the Manchester Clinical Research Facility (3T) and

We also have access to a new Philips Elition 3T scanner which was installed at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in March 2021.

The MR scanners offer a broad range of MR techniques, including:

  • Structural MRI
  • Cardiac imaging
  • 32 channel head coil
  • [23Na] head coil
  • Small joint coils and dedicated musculo-skeletal coils for knee, foot and shoulder
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Eye-tracker
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)
  • Oxygen-enhanced MRI (OE-MRI)
  • Pharmacological MRI (pMRI)
  • Diffusion and perfusion MRI
  • State of the art cardiac MRI
  • Arterial spin labelling (ASL)
  • Carbon-13 imaging

More information We have a team of HCPC-registered radiographers who perform the scans and two dedicated MR physicists who ensure the MR scanners are operating optimally. Both the radiographer and physics teams are available to help set up new studies and ensure the sequences are optimised. Please contact Barry Whitnall on 0161 206 5845 for more information. Please remember that there are a number of conditions that mean that participants may not be suitable to undergo an MRI scan. Any implanted metal or pacemakers, false limbs or people in professions where there is a risk of metal fragments being present in the participant’s eyes, may preclude them from being scanned.

The MR Safety Declaration form is available for consultation and the radiography team can be contacted on 0161 206 5845 if you have any questions at all. The Imaging Facilities has a great deal of experience in providing support for contrast-enhanced scanning both with gadolinium based contrast agents and with oxygen, with the scanners at WMIC, St Mary’s and MCRF having piped gases with regulators outside of the scan room. For more information about scanning with contrast please see the Royal College of Radiologists’ Standards for intravascular contrast administration to adult patients.

Please note: the use of contrast agents for scanning require medical cover to be in place for all scanning, regardless of whether the participants are healthy volunteers or patients; if you have any questions please contact a member of the radiography team (+44(0)161 206 5845).


Barry Whitnall
Lead Radiographer (MR)
T: +44 (0) 161 206 5845